Art of The Artichoke: Tips And Tricks

For the unfamiliar, artichokes can appear oddly intimidating. The spiky flower holds a hidden, rewarding flavor for those willing to put in the work. So whether you’re seeking to add something new to your spring menu or just want to brush up on your knowledge, look to these tips to prepare the perfect artichoke.

  • After receiving the artichoke, you can actually press the leaves together to determine freshness. If there’s a slight squeaking sound, you’re good to go.
  • While it’s always best to serve produce the day you receive it, excess artichokes can generally be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week if wrapped.
  • If you’re looking to go the extra mile in your presentation, use kitchen shears to cut the tips off of the leaves. This makes peeling a breeze, plus loosens the leaves from the center, allowing your seasoning to go deeper into the artichoke.
  • There are multiple ways to cook an artichoke, ranging from grilling, boiling, sautéing and steaming, but if you’re looking for that extra edge, consider roasting! By caramelizing the sugars, it adds an extra layer of sweetness that pairs great with the natural flavor. Even better, by roasting the entire artichoke, you get a wonderful mix of crispy and soft textures through the leaves and heart!