Carduus (Lavaredo, Dolomites, Italy). Nemo me impune lacessit. Long story short: if you want me, you have to work hard! You can eat the thistle's heart, without cooking it. I mean, if you are are so brave to pick it, strip its spiny leaves and, finally, get its soft and crisp heart. The thistle's plant is tough and prickly, it grows and flourishes in summertime. You can easly find it along alpine pastures like the one I have shot in this photo. In my opinion, the cardus is a sort of metaphor of the mountains. Doing trekking requires diligence, fatigue, devotion, concentration and, sometimes, even pain. But if you will find the way to face all these things, the mountains will give you a huge reward, as sweet as eating the thistle's heart.