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Artichokes are a perennial vegetable that is related to the thistle.
The base of the artichoke is eaten after the inedible central "choke" has been removed. The inside bases of the leaves cradle a bit of tender flesh that can be eaten.
The heart of the artichoke is a clump of very close packed tender imature leaves that are completely edible.
Artichokes are of best quality during the summer. Choose ones that are firm and heavey with tightly packed leaves. They may appear blue-green, purple-green or brilliant green. The artichoke is a flower, and as such, open leaves indicate that it is past its prime and may be hard and have too large of a choke. If kept for too long the tops of the leaves or scales begin to turn black.
Uncooked, they may be kept for 2 to 3 days if their stalks are placed into water, treated similar to a flower. If this in impractical, place them into the salad area of your refrigerator. After cooking, artchokes will keep for about 24 hours.
Large artichokes are steamed or cooked in water and can be served whole, hot or cold, after removal of the central choke and accomponied by a vinaigrette or sauce. They are eaten by pulling off the leaves, dripping and eating the base of the leaves and discarding the remainder. Once the leaves have been consumed the base is eaten.
Very young and tender artichokes may be served au gratin, fried or even sliced in an omelette filling. Bottoms of prepared and mature artichokes can be stuffed, used as a garnish, added to salads, marinated or cooked à la barigoule.
Marinated artichoke hearts have become quite popular. Marinated in a brine of water, olive oil, lemon, thyme, coriander and bay leaf. They are found jarred and canned in most well stocked supermarkets.
Artichokes are usually found in the produce section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.
Artichokes are a member of the Vegetables and Vegetable Products USDA nutritional food group.
|1 package (9 oz), yields||240|
|0 package (9 oz) yields||80|
|British (UK) term:||Artichokes|
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