How to cook artichokes

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Artichokes are interesting to work with in recipes because they have ample flavour, are rich in potassium and vitamin C, and have lots of antioxidant properties. Unknown to most, artichoke is actually a kind of flower and it grows mostly in California and the Mediterranean. Learning how to cook artichokes can take a little bit of preparation and practice.

What you will need:

• Artichokes

• Bowl

• Lemons

• Knife

• Pot

• Steaming basket

• Grill

Procedure:

1. Prepare the artichokes.

• Fill the bowl with cold water and squeeze some lemons into the water.

• Rinse the artichokes under cold running water to clear away dirt or sand.

• Take a few inches off the stem using a knife. Keep some parts of the stem because it has lots of flavour.

• Take off the small leaves near the stem of the artichokes.

• Slice off 1 ½ inches off the top of the artichokes.

• Put the artichokes in the bowl with lemon water to prevent them from getting discoloured.

2. Cook the artichokes with any of the following methods:

• Boiling: Put the artichokes in a large pot with water and boil them for 30-45 minutes.

• Steaming: Put a steaming basket on top of a pot with 4cm of water. Put the artichokes on the steaming basket once the water boils and steam for 20 minutes.

• Grilling: Cut the artichokes in lengthwise and discard the choke (hair-like inedible part). Drizzle with olive oil and put the artichokes on the grill.

Tips:

• Fresh artichokes have very closed leaves and are deep green in color.

• The freshest artichokes are available during spring.

• Artichokes can be eaten hot or cold.

• They are often served with a dip of mayo, balsamic vinegar or melted butter.

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