Preparing Artichokes

Preparing artichokes can be an intimidating task, but it doesn’t have to be. Once you know a few simple techniques, you’ll be enjoying these green orbs in no time!

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Artichokes are definitely an interesting vegetable. Technically, they are the large bulb of a thistle plant. They tend to intimidate people. They’re green and prickly and altogether weird looking.

But, they are a treasure of fun and yumminess! Don’t be intimidated about preparing artichokes. You can prepare this delicious vegetable that the whole family will love.

(Just tell your kids that Eeyore would eat them, and they just might try them.)

Globe artichokes, considered to be the “true artichoke” are cultivated mainly in California’s Central Coast. We had them growing wild behind our house last year here in San Diego. We watched them carefully, waiting for harvest time, but someone else was watching them, too, and beat us to them!

Artichokes are a seasonal vegetable, peaking from March to May. I consider $1.50 to be a decent price, so I bought twice as many recently when they were $0.88 each here recently.

Artichokes are also available frozen or canned. But, I think eating them fresh is a fun adventure.

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I never ate an artichoke until I was 20 years old, but I’ve loved them ever since. Hubs can take ’em or leave ’em which is fine with me. More for me! Slowly but surely, my children have acquired a taste for artichokes, so it’s fun to have friends in my munching.

Preparing Artichokes

Artichokes are super easy to prepare.

1. Cut off the stem end so that it can rest flat on the plate.
2. If the leaves are prickly, cut off their tips, as shown above.
3. Boil or steam until leaves pull away from the bottom easily.
4. Serve with melted butter or herbed mayonnaise. Check out these sauces for artichokes for more flavor.

When preparing artichokes, how do YOU serve them?

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  1. Okay here’s my question … How do you EAT them?

    • Jessica says:

      @Sharon, you peel off the leaves and scrape the meat off with your teeth. LOL. Yes, really. Usually meatiest near the center. Yummy!

  2. Hi Jessica, I’ve been too busy to read any blogs for many weeks, and I missed you!

    I am intimidated by artichokes, so I buy canned hearts, but I am now going to buy some fresh ones. Thanks for the tutorial! Happy Spring ~ j

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