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Artichokes

What are artichokes? About the ingredient artichokes. Including 85 recipes with artichokes, nutrition data, photos, and where to find it.

About

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.

Each leaf is dipped in a small amount of dressing or sauce and the edible tender part is scapped off with the teeth or nibbled off with the tough part of the leaf being discarded.

The heart of the artichoke is a clump of very close packed tender imature leaves that are completely edible.

The artichoke originated in Sicily and remains widely used in Italian recipes.

Artichokes

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.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (168g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 75Calories from Fat 7
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.8g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 15.4g 5%
Dietary Fiber 8g 31%
Sugars 1.4
Protein 5.2g
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 4% Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Artichokes are usually found in the produce section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Artichokes are a member of the Vegetables and Vegetable Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much do artichokes weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 168
1 package (9 oz), yields 240
0 package (9 oz) yields 80

In Chinese:朝鲜蓟
British (UK) term: Artichokes
en français:artichauts
en español:alcachofa

Recipes using artichokes

There are 85 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Artichoke Eggs Benedict
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References

Usda nutrition data almost 3 years ago

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