The Art of Eating an Artichoke

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This week, we switch our focus from how to prepare something to how to eat it. It might seem like an obvious thing, but if you’ve never eaten a fresh artichoke, it can be a daunting task. (And I often wonder how the first people to eat one figured it out…)

I can still remember sitting perched at the kitchen counter with my Dad, as he showed me how to peel off the individual leaves and scrape the yummy flesh with my bottom teeth. Such fond memories.

If you didn’t have the benefit of a Dad (or Mom) who loved fresh artichokes and wanted you to love them, too, here’s how I like to enjoy them. And yes, with a healthy dose of melted butter and lemon. Serious yum.

If you don’t know how to cook a fresh artichoke, well I guess you’re just gonna have to get a copy of The Naked Foods Cookbook, aren’t you? (our special preorder offer is still on so this is a GREAT time to buy if I do say so myself)

What’s your favorite way to prepare or eat fresh artichokes? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Karen Brems


    Artichoke season is one of my favorites & my favorite dipping sauce is mayo, fresh lemon juice, dill, Spike & curry powder – adjust to taste accordingly. If you make too much, it’s easy to refrigerate & then easy to add more ingredients for the next time. Also, I steam them – bottom side down. Having my first ones tonite!

  2. Jennifer


    You make me hungry for an artichoke! It was fun watching you eat it though. I could tell you enjoyed every bite! 🙂 My mother-in-law prepares them a different way, which I haven’t seen elsewhere. She peels several leaves off of the outside, then trims the sharp bits off with kitchen scissors. Then she cuts them in half and scoops out the choke. This is all before it is cooked. Then she cuts them in quarters (down the middle still), and cooks them with other veggies, now that most of what’s left is completely edible. She is Greek, so that might have something to do with it. 😉 If you try it that way, let me know! Hooray for artichokes!

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