Did you know??
- Whole, fresh artichokes in the grocery store can
look intimidating but they're actually delicious
and fun for kids to eat!
- When buying an artichoke look for ones that are
bright green and heavy for their size. If they
are purple or budding they are too ripe. If
you press the leaves in they should produce a squeaking
sound when they are fresh.
- Artichoke "hearts" are the meaty inside
of the vegetable which are often sold frozen or canned. Artichokes are very nutritious with Vitamin
C, fiber, phosphorus and magnesium to keep you healthy
and strong! They are also vary low in calories!
- When cooking artichokes, a light spray of lemon
juice will prevent them from loosing their bright
- There are many great recipes that call for canned
or frozen artichoke hearts including salads and pastas,
but try this recipe for BOILED
ARTICHOKES for a fun new way to enjoy the
whole, fresh vegetable!
Make sure you have an adult help while
1 whole Artichoke
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter
What to do:
Cut off the base of the artichoke and
peel off the small leaves attached to the base.
Place the artichoke, juice from the
lemon, and salt in boiling water and cover tightly.
Boil until the base of the artichoke
can be easily stabbed with a fork or the bottom leaf
can easily be pulled off; usually takes about 30-40
Melt the butter for a dipping sauce.
Carefully (because it's hot!)
enjoy the artichoke by tearing off the leaves, dipping
them into the butter and scraping the meat off with
your teeth. The closer you get to the heart,
the more meaty the pieces will be!
Serving size: 1/3 artichoke
Makes 3 servings
Calories: 130 kcal
Protein: 2 g
Total Carbohydrate: 5 g
Dietary fiber: 2 g
Total fat: 4 g
Sodium: 230 mg
Vitamin A: 19% daily required value
Vitamin C: 10% of daily required value
Calcium: 2% of daily required value