How To Prepare And Pick The Perfect Artichoke

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Don’t let the tough exterior fool you, artichokes are packed with antioxidants and easy to prepare.

Have you passed by the artichokes at the grocery store wondering how you would even begin to prepare them? Don’t be intimidated by the thought of cooking them; it’s easier to make a delicious dish than you might expect.

This antioxidant rich superfood is not only a great source of vitamins C and K, it is also packed with dietary fiber which has been shown to lower cholesterol and improve heart health.

And, artichokes rank No. 7 on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s top 20 antioxidant-rich foods list!

Check out our tips for selecting and preparing this superfood — you will be adding it to your menu in no time!

How to Pick the Perfect Artichoke?

  • It should feel heavy and firm
  • Artichokes should have a healthy green color and look fresh
  • The center leaves should be compact
Steamed Whole Artichokes
Artichokes can be cooked in a variety of ways, but this recipe for steamed artichokes is simple, healthy and done in about 30 minutes.
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Artichokes: Eat Your Heart Out
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Steamed Whole Artichokes
Artichokes can be cooked in a variety of ways, but this recipe for steamed artichokes is simple, healthy and done in about 30 minutes.
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Servings2people
Cook Time30minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 each lemons halved
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 medium or large whole artichokes
Servings2people
Cook Time30minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 each lemons halved
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 medium or large whole artichokes
Recipe Instructions
  1. Put parsley, garlic, bay leaves, lemons, wine, oil and broth in a large pot and bring to a simmer. Season the liquid with salt and pepper. While this comes to a simmer, prepare the artichokes.
  2. Cut the stems off the artichokes, close to the base. Remove the lower petals which tend to be small and tough. Cut the top inch of the artichoke and rub with half a lemon to preserve the green color. Trim the tips of the petals with kitchen shears.
  3. Place the artichokes in the steaming liquid, bottom up. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the base with a knife.
  4. To eat, pull off a leaf and scrape the meat off the tender side with your teeth. You can dip the leaves in lemon juice and melted butter if desired. When you reach the center cone of prickly purple leaves, remove it. Scrape away the fuzz that covers the artichoke heart. The heart is the meatiest part of the artichoke.

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