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- 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.