Globe artichoke is a great vegetable but if you have never been shown how to eat an artichoke it can be a complete mystery.
My husband showed me how to eat an artichoke shortly after we were married.
We then taught our children and now our grandchildren are happily eating artichokes.
The edible part of the artichoke is the base known as the heart. The heart supports the stem and leaves of the flower.
Artichokes are easy to cook. After they are cooked I drain them and leave them in the pan to stay warm until we are ready to serve them.
We like to serve each artichoke on a plate by them selves so there is plenty of room to put the discarded leaves as you peel them off. You could also use an extra plate on the side for the discarded leaves.
1. Lay the artichoke on its side and start my pulling off leaves from the bottom stem. Dip bottom of the leaf in your favorite dipping sauce or eat it plain.
2. Put the bottom of the leaf in your mouth and scrape the soft flesh against your teeth. The leaves are tenderer the closer you get to the heart.
3. When you get closer to the heart the leaves will become smaller and at some point you will be able to pull the last bunch off, exposing the flower base.
Squeeze the little bunch of leaves together and eat the tender parts. Discard the tough parts onto your plate.
4. Now the best part, eating the heart. The heart of the artichoke is the treat you have been working toward. You will have to scrape the fuzzy flower hairs off carefully with a spoon first.
When you are done removing the small hairs, you are ready to eat. The heart is shaped like a small bowl so we like to fill it with a little butter and then eat it. The heart has a sweet mild flavor.
With practice you’ll be enjoying fresh artichokes with your family. Our children love artichokes so much they request them on their birthdays. Now all of our grandchildren enjoy eating artichokes.
Growing your own globe artichoke is a great way to enjoy them through out the summer. The small side chokes are great for the children. We like to cook up 2 or 3 for each person.