Classic Artichokes

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This is one of the most classic and enjoyable ways of eating artichokes. You cooked them at home in boiling water and eat them, petal by petal, with salt, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Simple, unique and delicious!

Artichoke, a members of the thistle family, is the flower of the artichoke plant before it opens up and begins flowering. These flower buds have a unique and delicate flavor and are packed with nutrients, anti-oxidants and minerals, including dietary fiber, vitamin B, C and K, potassium and copper. Artichokes are believed to improve your digestion and liver health. They are also supposed to lower cholesterol and help your organism maintain a balanced blood sugar level. Weather you want to eat them whole or just their store bought marinated hearts, consume more artichokes! Add them to your salads, flatbreads, pasta dishes and sandwiches or simply eat them on a plate with salt and olive oil!

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 fresh whole artichokes
  • The freshly squeezed juice of a lemon
  • Salt, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Fill a large pot half way with water. Add some coarse sea salt and the juice of one lemon to the water. Then place on high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the artichokes to the boiling water (make sure there is sufficient water to cover your artichokes), cover with the lid, reduce heat, and cook for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of your artichokes. To make sure that the artichokes are fully cooked, try to pull off one of the outer petals; if it comes out easily, the artichokes are ready!
  3. Serve artichokes warm. Accompany with small side dish of mixed balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Add salt to oil mix to taste. Also, have an empty plate or bowl in handy for waste. Pull each petal, starting from the outer petals and working your way in and around the artichoke heart. Dip the soft meaty bottom of each petal in the oil mix and, with your front teeth, scrape the edible part of the petal. You can also eat the stem; it is usually really soft and tasty! Enjoy!
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