The Artichoke

by Tanya on October 14, 2010

These beauties found at the new Fresh Market in St. Petersburg, FL.

 

I grew up eating these nutty buds stuffed with seasoned bread and dipping the leaves in butter sauce.  I haven’t yet been able to convince my own family of their yumminess. I just figure they’re missing out, the sense of satisfaction one receives upon reaching the heart, their loss. But artichokes are more than fun to eat they are a healthy choice as well.  They are rich in fiber, and one medium artichoke can provide us with 3.5 grams of vegetable-based protein, a boost of Vitamin C, folate and potassium. Only 60 calories and zero fat, yee haw!

Scared to choose them and cook them? Their is a really great article on how to choose, prepare and cook artichokes in the current Clean Eating Magazine.  It makes these prickly little critters a breeze to work with.  You can also find a nice guide here at Simply Recipes.

Guide to choosing:

1) Choose one that’s heavy for it’s size, no wrinkles running from the inside tip of the petals to the base.

2) Look at the stem. A blackened cut could mean it has been stored too long.

3) Avoid those with spongy brown patches.

Mangia!

Please share the LOVE:-)!

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Rosemary October 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

I have only made them once and almost purchased some the other day but they didn’t look great.

Jordan LOVED them! Ate an entire artichoke all by himself.

I can’t look at them with out think about the Little Rascals. Makes me smile every time.

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Lea October 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

Bread-stuffed artichokes dipped in butter sounds AMAZING!!! Haven’t made it to the Market yet. Waiting for the crowds to thin a bit.

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