NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEARTS DAY – I would like to meet the person who looked at an artichoke and thought “that looks delicious”.
Artichokes may be the weirdest looking vegetable but they are dense with antioxidants, vitamin C, magnesium, protein and folate. Artichokes are not actually a vegetable though … they are a flower bud. As a member of the thistle family, artichokes grown atop large spiky leaves and can bloom into a large purple flower.
In North America, artichokes are grown in California and are in season between March and May.
I have never cooked an artichoke so I decided to research the best method. They can be baked, steamed or boiled and, according to Chef Jamie Oliver, are easy to prepare. Cheers to the artichoke!
Happy March 16th!