Pick the freshest artichoke
Let’s accept it—eating an artichoke is just plain fun. Once you master peeling an artichoke’s pointy tips away to reveal the succulent flesh within, you’ll love the process and ritual of eating this elegant vegetable. (Yes, an artichoke is a veggie, but it’s also a flower bud!) Artichokes grow year-round, but most of the ones we see in stores are Green Globes, Big Hearts, Imperial Stars and baby-sized Green Globes from California. When you shop, look for firm, dense, not-too-large samples with pointy (not rounded) leaves. Avoid ones with brown spots. One tip is to squeeze the vegetable; a squeaky sound indicates moisture and freshness. They will stay tasty up to five days when stored in a paper bag in the refrigerator. Today, challenge yourself to cook up a ‘choke (they make a great starter).