I can imagine, that if you didn’t grow up eating artichokes and if you were encountering them for the first time, they might seem a little intimidating. When you are at the market buying artichokes, choose those in which the petals are still rather closed, not open. 1 Cut of the tips of the petals: If the artichokes have little thorns on the end of the petals, take a kitchen scissors and cut of the thorned tips of all of the petals.
3 Remove small petals at the base: Pull off any smaller petals towards the base and on the stem. Alternatively you can leave the whole long stem on the artichoke, just cut off the very end of the stem, and peel the tough outside layer of the stem with a vegetable peeler. 6 Set up a pot with some water, aromatics, and a steaming basket: In a large pot, put a couple inches of water, a clove of garlic, a slice of lemon, and a bay leaf (this adds wonderful flavor to the artichokes). Note: artichokes can also be cooked in a pressure cooker (about 15-20 minutes cooking time).
3 With a knife or spoon, scrape out and discard the inedible fuzzy part (called the "choke") covering the artichoke heart. Growing up and living in CA my whole life I forget that many do not understand how to eat an artichoke.
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The Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) is a perennial thistle originating in Southern Europe around the Mediterranean. Artichokes can be produced from seeds or from vegetative means such as division, root cuttings or micropropagation.
This step is mostly for aesthetics as the thorns soften with cooking and pose no threat to the person eating the artichoke. The stems tend to be more bitter than the rest of the artichoke, but some people like to eat them.


While you rinse them, open up the petals a little so that the water does get inside more easily. Cooking time depends on how large the artichoke is, the larger, the longer it takes to cook. Place in mouth, dip side down, and pull through teeth to remove soft, pulpy, delicious portion of the petal.
I bought a couple of artichokes because I saw on TV Andrew Zimmerman (he does bizarre foods) grilling artichokes. There are probably a few favorite dishes of yours that when mentioned make you think back on certain moments in your life. I didn’t just make this dip recently because it is super delicious on a cold winter day, I made this to pay homage to the restaurant that I started working at at the ripe old age of 16. They were brought to the United States in the 19th century, to Louisiana by French immigrants and to California by Spanish immigrants. The majority of the cynarin found in artichoke is located in the pulp of the leaves, though dried leaves and stems of artichoke also contain cynarin.
This reduces cholesterol levels, which diminishes the risk for arteriosclerosis and coronary heart disease. This removes the thorns on some varieties that can interfere with handling the leaves when eating.
If not cooked immediately, placing them in water lightly acidulated with vinegar or lemon juice prevents the discoloration.
I simply steam the artichokes in my steamer or bake them in a bed of water in the oven at 350. If you forget to harvest yours and let all the flowers seed out, the downy, fluff and thistle make nice stuffing for dolls and small pillows.
Some people like dipping artichoke leaves and the heart into melted butter or a vinaigrette.
Maybe a big family get together, your first date, holiday parties or your visit to the stadium for your first major league baseball game. I had turned in many applications but this is the only place that called me in for an interview. Hot Crab and Spinach dip was always a part of my spiel once I graduated from hostess to server. The name has originated from the Arabic al-kharshof, through a Northern Italian dialect word, articiocco. Rooted suckers can be planted each year so that mature specimens can be disposed of after a few years, as each individual plant only lives a few years. Aqueous extracts from artichoke leaves have also shown to reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase and having a hypolipidemic influence, lowering blood cholesterol.


Leaves are often removed one at a time and the fleshy base part eaten, sometimes dipped in hollandaise, vinegar, butter, mayonnaise, aioli, lemon juice or other sauces, the fibrous upper part of each leaf being discarded; the heart is then eaten when the inedible choke has been discarded after being carefully peeled away from the base.
For a fun night with the kids or just to get creative, use these ingredients (or whatever you have in your refrigerator and spice cabinet) to make your own dips for your artichoke leaves. They'll look like they are a little burned by frost, so won't be as pretty as those not frost bitten. If you wish to republish this recipe, please rewrite the recipe in your own unique words and link back to How to Cook and Eat an Artichoke on Simply Recipes. I got all dressed up, printed my resume full of all I had achieved in school up to that point and went in for the interview. It grows to 1.5–2 m tall, with arching, deeply lobed, silvery glaucous-green leaves 50–82 cm long. The peak season for artichoke harvesting is the spring, but they continue to be harvested throughout the summer, with another peak period in mid autumn. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. The flowers develop in a large head from an edible bud about 8–15 cm diameter with numerous triangular scales; the individual florets are purple.
It may be preferable not to cover the pot while the artichokes are boiled, so that the acids will boil out into the air. It is one of my favorites not only because it is chock full of artichokes, baby spinach, fresh dungeness crab and two different kinds of cheese but because it comes loaded with memories of my very first job.
4 days later I got a page, because pagers were cool back then, called the number and it was the manager of the restaurant telling me I got the job as a hostess.
Artichokes possess good keeping qualities, frequently remaining quite fresh for two weeks or longer under average retail conditions. Generally severe frosts wipe out our plantings in the winter with perhaps only an occasional root base rebudding. I figured I’d work there for a few months and move on to the next thing, maybe retail so I could get a discount on clothes. Now I know what she meant, after all she was eating a fish sandwich, but it was pretty darn funny at the time.



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