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How to Cook and Eat Artichokes

April 23, 2015

Artichokes are one of the best things about Spring! However, many of us seem to shy away from this delicious vegetable because we are afraid of preparing them. We admit that at first glance, it's not obvious how to cook or eat this weird-looking vegetable. We like to challenge Wholegooders to try something new in their veg boxes, so artichokes are going into next week's boxes. Just in case you're thinking of just giving up and chucking them out, here are a few handy tips on how to prepare them:

 

How to Cook

1. Snip off the little thorns on the ends of the leaves. Slice about an inch off the tip of the artichoke. Pull off any smaller leaves towards the base and on the stem. Trim the bitter end off, leaving about an inch on, or if you don't mind the taste of the stems, just remove the tougher surface off with a peeler. 

2. Place artichokes in a steamer set over boiling water. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 to 45 minutes or until the outer leaves can easily be pulled off, depending on how large the artichoke is. You can also add ingredients like lemon, garlic and herbs for extra flavour. 

How to Eat

Artichokes are better served warm with a dip, often an aioli or simply melted butter. 

1. Pull off outer petals, one at a time. Dip white fleshy end into your choice of sauce.

2. Place the petal in your mouth, holding the other end down, and pull through your teeth to scrape off and eat the tender pulp. Discard remaining petal. Repeat till you finish all the petals.

3. With spoon, scrape out and discard the inedible fuzzy part (called the "choke"). The remaining bottom of the artichoke is the heart– the best part in our opinion! Cut into pieces and dip into sauce to eat.