Only the plump base of the Artichokes leaves and their meaty bottom of this edible bud of a tall, thistle-like plant are eaten; the remaining parts of the leaf and the hairy interior choke are discarded. Artichokes contain vitamins A and B and are rich in calcium and iron. They are very easy to digest and also stimulate the digestive system and the liver and gallbladder functions.

Artichokes are available fresh throughout the year in different sizes ranging from tiny to very large; they also available frozen, tinned and marinated. Always select solid, heavy globes with firmly closed leaves; you can refrigerate in an airtight plastic bag for up to 4 days.