Vegetable of the Month

This months Vegetable of the Month, is Artichoke. One of the oldest foods ever to be found. Did you know it’s considered a flower? This green vegetable is also found to be an aphrodisiac. It’s considered a flower, because it’s a plant that has not yet blossomed yet like all other flowers soon do. This ancient vegetable goes all the way back to 70AD. Who knew?

When selecting Artichokes

Choose plum artichoke heads with tightly closed leaves, heavy for size. Pull back one leaf to check heart for black blemishes. During the winter time, white, blistered or bronze appearance does not affect quality.

Nutrition Benefits

  • Cholesterol Free
  • Low Calorie
  • Fat Free
  • Low Sodium
  • Good Source of Dietary fiber
  • Good source of Vitamin C

How to Cook

I know, you’re all wondering, where to even begin, when cooking artichokes. Let’s get started! Start by rinsing them under cold water. Trim away the stem, leaving about 1 inch from the base. Remove the lower layers of scales as they do not contain any flesh also. Next, with using a pair of scissors, trim away thorny scale ends. Trim its top end using a paring knife up to an inch if needed. Spread out the scales with your fingertips and then scrape off its central choke. Make sure to rub a lemon slice over a cut portion to prevent it from turning brown. Easy tip when cooking with apples too! Finally, the globe is boiled in the water upside down with some added salt and lemon juice until it soft.



Photo by Meredith