Gardening… The Artichoke!

I just wrote a lovely post about this beautiful artichoke. Guess what – WP crashed, post GONE! For some reason, the “save draft” wasn’t working well. Early morning tech issues OR the Universe wasn’t keen on the post I had written, wanted me to START OVER! LOL

So, as my creative thought process has now disappeared, I will say… I was in California this past weekend. I went to Half Moon Bay by the ocean. It was wonderful to smell the fishy salty air and hear the fog horn. I used to go there a lot.

While walking on Main Street, I came across a gardening center and saw these artichokes. I don’t eat them much and always wondered how they grew. Now, I know. Seeing them makes me want to give them another try. I was reading that they are a good source of fiber.

Any artichoke lovers out there? What tips do you have to share on peeling / cooking them?

22 thoughts on “Gardening… The Artichoke!

  1. I love artichokes and eat them often. But I buy them in a jar. I through them in salads, quiche, omelettes etc and make a nice little snack called artichoke bites that everyone loves. Oh and artichoke dip is also very good.

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  2. Ah, Half Moon Bay… fond memories and a beautiful locale. I’ve learned to like artichoke dip, but the veggie itself has never appealed to me. My mother insisted on serving it regularly when I was young (scraping the leaves through the teeth, adding butter or mayo). I think I’ve already had my fair share!

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  3. Hi Monica,
    I had never seen how they grew either. Thank you for sharing!
    That is not a vegetable that we grew up eating in Brazil, so I will have it, once in a blue moon, if somebody orders as an appetizer in a restaurant. I could take it or leave it.
    Blessings to you!

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  4. Okay…cooking artichokes is actually pretty easy. Cleaning can be tough.
    With a sharp knife slice off the top of the artichoke, about 1/4-1/2 inch. The smaller, lower leaves, slice off the tops. Turn it upside down and hit it down on a hard surface to spread the leaves. Stuff the inside with flavored bread crumbs.
    In a sauté pan pour enough water to cover the bottom of the ‘choke. Add 4-5 tbsp of good olive oil, garlic, 3-4 chopped cloves or garlic powder. Place the artichokes in the pan leaves up. Brin that to a slow boil. Then cover and simmer slowly til the leaves re soft. Depending on the size, could be up to an hour.

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