Artichokes

Seasonality:

  • Available year-round, with peak season being March - June

Health Benefits of Artichokes:

  • Artichokes contain phytonutrients, which have antioxidant properties that help fight against cancer, boost immunity and protect against heart disease.
  • Excellent source of fiber and Vitamin C.
  • Good source of folate and magnesium.

How to Select Artichokes:

  • Look for artichokes that feel heavy and firm with a healthy green color and tightly packed leaves.
  • Avoid artichokes with brown or soft spots, or ones with a dark brown or black stem.

How to Store Artichokes:

  • Cut off a dime-sized slice from the end of the artichoke stem, sprinkle stem with water and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.
  • Cooked artichokes should be cooled and covered before placing in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

How to Prepare Artichokes:

  • Wash artichokes well under cold water. Use a soft vegetable brush to remove the natural, light film artichokes have.
  • Using a sharp serrated knife, remove 1 inch from the top of the artichokes and 1/2 inch from the stem. If stuffing the artichoke, remove whole stem.
  • Open petals slightly to allow seasoning to better coat the artichoke.
  • Artichokes can be steamed, boiled, microwaved, grilled or baked.

Fun Facts about Artichokes:

  • Technically, artichokes are flowers that have not bloomed yet. If not picked, they develop into a beautiful purple flower.
  • 100% of artichokes in the U.S. are grown in California.
  • One artichoke plant can produce more than 20 artichokes a year.

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