Artichokes are something which would leave the jaws dropped for your visitors. They one of the best replacement for salads, but they took some time for getting ready before you can take a bite of it. Artichokes are somewhat like flower, but are categorized under a healthy green vegetable. Mainly found in the Mediterranean region or some parts of the United States. In spite of containing an antioxidants, vitamin c and potassium, they are great to taste.
Yeah somebody who is having a first look upon this green vegetable, they might think, how to cook it or what to do with it. This was the same condition with me, when I saw this for the first time. They are something great to eat during hot summer days; they are light and could be digested easily, with full satisfaction from the hunger. Always pick of those artichokes whose petals are closed enough, this states that they are fresh and they would not taste bitter. Artichokes with open petals are less tender and would taste much bitterer to eat. The best suited artichokes are green in color. As they are grown during spring seasons, they are something really fresh things to consume in this time. Also they could be stored in fridge and could be utilized over for a week, where can if stored in freezer it could be still good to eat for a month. The cooking time depends upon the size of the artichokes, the bigger ones tends to take about 40 minutes, whereas the smaller ones could be get done in about 15 to 20 minutes. Let’s look out for some methods which are used to cook these tasty and healthy artichokes. Following are some methods:
1 – Rinse of the artichoke well so that any dust particles should be removed from the body. After that trim the lower part of the artichoke, do not cut off the whole, as it is something delicious to eat. Cutting of leaves do not mean that you cut down the whole artichoke, only the outer stems that has been paled or looks hard, are to be cut down. You can perform this task with the help of your kitchen scissors. Main purpose of cutting down the stems is to left all over the tender leaves over the artichoke
2 – Chop about 10 inches on the top of the artichoke, this helps to get cooked from the inside. Use your kitchen knife to perform this task. Now coming up to the process of cooking, firstly take a bowl, which is half filled with water. You can add up some lemon slices and some garlic cloves in them and some salt as per your taste.
3 – Now bring the pot of water, to the boiling point, and add the artichokes into the boiling point and allow it to get cooked for about 40 minutes. Boiling artichoke is one of the most traditional ways to cook it. Many restaurants still follow up this old traditional method of cooking them. You could also use a pressure cooker instead of a pot; the time for preparation of the artichoke would be around 20 minutes. Drain the artichoke and serve them hot with some sauces likes mayonnaise.
4 – You could also cook artichoke while steaming it. This takes much lesser time than the boiling process. This helps to maintain more of their nutrients and more delicious. Half filled the pot with water and raise it to the boiling point. Attach a steaming basket over the top and place the artichoke into the basket. You can add some lemon and salt as per your taste to change the flavor of the water. All the artichoke to get steamed for about 20 minutes, drain them and serve them hot.
5 – You can also grill them, on a grille. Slice them into two halves and brush them with the olive oil. Placed them on the grille, keep turning them until the color are almost the same in both sides. You can also grill the steamed or boiled artichoke for a better experience of taste that is full of nutrients.
6 – The most fun fact about the artichoke is that, you have to dip your teeth inside the lower part of the stem; it is the area which is only eatable of the artichoke. Slowly extract the softer parts inside by stretching it along with your teeth. You can add up with some extra dipping sauces for a better experience. Sauces like mayonnaise could be a great compliment to serve along with the artichoke.
7 – Artichoke could be used to eating again and again once cooked. Store them in fridge and you can utilize them for a week and store them in freezer, could last up to a month and still taste the same.
Conclusion – A dish which is great to enjoy this summer. Artichoke is something that offers great health benefits and is pretty much delicious to eat. It also has some of its medical uses such as cancer patient is advice to eat these, as it helps in fighting cancer. After they are cooked you can also roast them by putting them in oven. Enjoy the artichoke’s soft and subtle taste of the fleshy part.