Scolymus hispanicus (common golden thistle or Spanish oyster thistle) is a flowering plant in the genus Scolymus in the family Asteraceae, native to southern and western Europe, north to northwestern France.
Since at least the time of Theophrastus in ancient Greece, this plant has been known for medicinal and culinary uses. Although it has been cultivated at times, currently most of the plant which is consumed comes from harvesting of wild plant. Very popular in almost every province of Spain, where it's usually eaten in stews during Spring time. It's also used in salads, soups and with scrambled eggs in Andalusia, Spain, where it is called "tagarnina". In the sixteenth century in Salamanca, the washed young plants used to be eaten with their root, either raw or in stews with meat.
Scrambled eggs with Spanish oyster and bread
- Scolymus hispanicus Flowers in Israel
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