In Season: Artichokes
Artichokes are in season at the market. Artichokes are technically a flower bud that has not yet bloomed. They are high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. They are also low in fat making it a great snack or meal addition.
When selecting artichokes at the market you want to find
- Feel heavy in your hand. The heavier it feels, the meatier it will be.
- The leaves should be closed. If they are open, then it may be on the old side.
- If you gently squeeze the artichoke, it should make a slight squeak sound.
There are many ways to cook artichokes, you can grill, braise, stuff, bake, or steam. Steaming is the easiest method, making them tender. You can steam them in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop, the stovetop gives you more control while cooking.
To steam artichokes:
- To prepare, start by cutting about 3/4s off the top of the artichoke. Remove the smaller leaves at the base. You can choose to remove the stem if you wish, it is edible.
- Next fill a pot with a couple of inches of water and your desired seasoning to add flavor. Insert a steaming basket or heat resistant strainer. Put your artichokes in the basket and bring water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
- Steam for about 25 minutes or until the leaves can be easily pulled off.
- Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauces!