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How to Pick the Right Artichoke

Look for artichokes with tight leaf formation and a deep green color. They should seem heavy for their size and the leaves should squeak when squeezed together. Avoid artichokes that are dry-looking or have split leaves.

Store unwashed artichokes in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Tip: Generally, the smaller the artichoke, the more tender it will be. However, plump, round-looking artichokes tend to have a larger heart, which is the sweetest part of the artichoke.

Wash artichokes just before cooking. If you wash artichokes before storing, the moisture could cause them to spoil more rapidly.

Recipe

Instructions

  • Fill a large stainless-steel or enameled pot with 1 inch of water
  • Place a steamer basket inside the pot
  • Bring the water to boiling
  • Using tongs, place artichokes, stem side down, in the steamer basket
  • Reduce heat to simmering, cover the pot, and allow artichokes to steam about 20 to 25 minutes or until you can easily pull out a leaf from the center of artichoke

Tip: Be sure to use a stainless-steel, enameled, or other nonreactive pot to cook artichokes to prevent discoloration or off flavors.

  • Peel the artichokes

To eat a whole cooked artichoke

  • Break off each leaf one at a time
  • Dip the leaf into melted butter, mayonnaise, or some other sauce and draw the base of the leaf through your teeth to remove the tender portion
  • After all the leaves have been removed, scrape off the inedible prickly “choke” to expose the inner artichoke heart
  • The heart is now ready to cut into pieces and enjoy!