Cnicus benedictus L., Carbenia benedicta Adans. (family Asteraceae) DESCRIPTION: A member of the "minor" bitter herb family, it is a dried, above-ground plant. RANGE: Mainly found in subtropical regions. APPLICATION: Some theories exist regarding the effectiveness of bitter herbs as an appetite stimulant. The use of "bitter tonics" is widespread in Europe; and bitter aperitifs such as Campari and vermouth are used in the United States. ...

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