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How to cook globe artichokes

How to cook globe artichokes

Ever thought that a globe artichoke belongs in an exotic flower bouquet rather than in a pot on the stovetop? Of course most of us are more familiar with marinated artichoke hearts in jars than the raw produce. Well it’s time to get up close and personal with this remarkable vegetable. Beneath it’s tough spiky exterior lies a heart of gold. Follow our guide and find out all you need to know about how to cook globe artichokes.

Plus, read on to find out just how good globe artichokes are for you.

How to choose globe artichokes

Globe artichokes only have a relatively short season in grocers and supermarkets so grab them when you see them. They vary in colour from green to green with purple streaks. Look for plump, firm artichokes with tightly packed leaves. You want the stems to be firm and green too.

How to prepare globe artichokes

How you prepare artichokes depends on how you’re going to cook them. Let’s get to the heart of the matter (so to speak!).

For artichoke hearts 

• Cut about one-third from the top of the artichoke to reveal the spikey, hairy choke. Sometime this will be purple, sometimes yellowy-green.

• Tear off tough outer leaves until paler centre leaves are revealed.

• Trim and peel stem, removing any woody leaves around base or choke.

• Use a teaspoon to scoop out the hairy choke in the centre.

• Place in a bowl of acidulated water (water with lemon squeezed into it), to stop discolouration, while you prepare the other artichokes.

• Cook in a pot of salted boiling water with lemon squeezed into it for about 20-25 minutes or until tender and ready to eat.

How to cook globe artichokes scoop out the hairy choke

 

For stuffed artichokes

• Cut about one-third form top of artichoke as above.

• Trim and peel stem as above.

• Use a teaspoon to scoop out the hairy choke.

• Separate the leaves slightly to add a stuffing of herbed breadcrumbs and cheese and bake until tender and golden.

 

For whole cooked artichokes

• Trim and peel stem as above.

• Cook the artichokes in boiling salted water with lemon juice added for 25-30 minutes.

• Peel outer leaves one at a time, dip in a vinaigrette, aioli or other condiment and scrape the base of the leaves through your teeth. Continue enjoying the artichoke leaves until you get to the hairy choke. Scoop out the hairy choke with a teaspoon and eat the delicious heart.

Is artichoke good for you? 

Most definitely! This vegetable is definitely batting above it’s weight when it comes to health properties. It contains a phenomenal amount of antioxidants which can aid in cancer prevention, cholesterol reduction, liver cleansing and more. Plus it’s high in dietary fibre – that wonderous stuff. It’s even touted as a bit of a hangover cure. Time to get this on the menu.

Here are a couple of recipes to try…

 

 

 

 

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