Get Fresh with Artichokes!

We've got the history, anatomy and, of course, culinary facts behind this flower of the artichoke plant. School is now in session!
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We've got the history, anatomy and, of course, culinary facts behind this flower of the artichoke plant. School is now in session!

Choose Your 'Choke!

Artichokes should be firm and heavy for their size, with tightly packed leaves that squeak when you rub them together -- that means they're extra fresh. Globe artichokes, the most common grocery store variety, come in different sizes, and each has its charm.

Choose Your ‘Choke!

Artichokes Size Up

Large Artichokes (left) usually have tougher leaves with meaty bases and are best when stuffed or baked. Bonus: They have the biggest hearts!

Baby Artichokes (middle) The beauty of these lil' guys? There's no choke! Just trim the tops and stems, pluck any tough outer leaves, and they're good to go!

Medium Artichokes (right) have small, tender hearts and are ideal for steaming or boiling.

Artichokes Size Up

Chart Topper!

Surprise! Artichokes ranked seventh overall in a USDA study measuring levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants in more than 100 of the most commonly eaten foods. Take that, strawberries (which came in at number 11)!

Chart Topper!

Buzzkill

Wine and artichokes just don't mix. Cynarin, a compound found in 'chokes, causes chemical changes in your taste buds that leave a swig of vino tasting like saccharine (yuck). If you dare to pair, dry a dry, acidic wine, like chenin blanc, to balance the sweetness.

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Artichoke Inspiration: Char-tichokes

Trim the top and spiny leaf tips off a medium artichoke and cut it in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke, steam until tender, then brush the cut side with EVOO mixed with a little lemon juice. Grill until charred; serve with a dipping sauce made by mixing EVOO with lemon juice and chopped mint.

Artichoke Inspiration: Char-tichokes

Artichoke Bruschetta

Swap out tomatoes for canned artichokes -- a unique take on a classic appetizer!

Artichoke Bruschetta

Artichoke Bruschetta

Deadly Good Artichoke Dip

This dip will make you feel like you've died and gone to heaven.

Deadly Good Artichoke Dip

Deadly Good Artichoke Dip

Grandpa's Stuffed Artichokes

Explore the heartier side of artichokes with this crowd-pleasing party-starter.

Grandpa's Stuffed Artichokes

Grandpa's Stuffed Artichokes

Artichokes Vinaigrette

Young artichokes work best in this dish, as they'll have the shortest boiling time.

Artichokes Vinaigrette

Artichokes Vinaigrette

Artichoke Frittata

Perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner, this one-pot wonder is sure to please.

Artichoke Frittata

Artichoke Frittata

Spinach-Artichoke French Bread Pizza

Your family's favorite dip is now the perfect weeknight meal.

Spinach-Artichoke French Bread Pizza

Spinach-Artichoke French Bread Pizza

Lamb with Leeks 'n' Artichokes and Lemon Rice

Experience the flavors of the Mediterranean with this square meal.

Lamb with Leeks ‘n’ Artichokes and Lemon Rice

Lamb with Leeks 'n' Artichokes and Lemon Rice

Spinach & Artichoke Tuna Melts

Amp up your tuna sandwich with this dynamic duo of ingredients.

Spinach & Artichoke Tuna Melts

Spinach & Artichoke Tuna Melts

Chicken with Artichokes

This well-rounded meal will come together in a flash and will only cost you $10 or less.

Chicken with Artichokes

Chicken with Artichokes

Artichoke, Tomato and Spinach Pizza

Your pizza joint ain't got nothin' on this homemade pie.

Artichoke, Tomato and Spinach Pizza

Artichoke, Tomato and Spinach Pizza

Stuffed Portobellos with Bread Salad

This is a vegetarian dish that will leave you feeling satisfied.

Stuffed Portobellos with Bread Salad

Stuffed Portobellos with Bread Salad

Skinny Spinach-Artichoke Dip

We've healthified a snack food favorite by replacing mayo with Greek yogurt and adding protein-packed edamame.

Skinny Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Skinny Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Chipotle Artichoke Dip

This spicy-smoky twist on a classic is great for a last-minute get-together.

Chipotle Artichoke Dip

Chipotle Artichoke Dip

Artichoke Toasts

Use any leftover Chipotle Artichoke Dip as the base of this snack idea

Artichoke Toasts

Artichoke Toasts

Sauteed Artichokes

Round out your meal with artichokes sauteed in aglio e olio, an Italian duo of garlic and olive oil.

Sauteed Artichokes

Sauteed Artichokes

Artichoke Carpaccio

Thinly sliced marinated raw artichokes are beautiful, flavorful and fresh.

Artichoke Carpaccio

Artichoke Carpaccio

Baby Artichoke Crisp

This side dish is perfect for a chilly evening with friends.

Baby Artichoke Crisp

Baby Artichoke Crisp

Heart and Sole

We bet you can guess where this seafood dinner gets its name!

Heart and Sole

Heart and Sole

Potato, Spinach and Artichoke Soup

A stick-to-your-ribs soup that's just as easy to prepare as it is to enjoy.

Potato, Spinach and Artichoke Soup

Potato, Spinach and Artichoke Soup

Artichokes with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

When it comes to appetizers, simpler can be better!

Lemon-Garlic Sauce

Artichokes with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

Almond-Herb Pesto Pasta with Artichoke and Tomato

Pesto-coated artichokes juicy tomatoes and penne.

Almond-Herb Pesto Pasta with Artichoke and Tomato

Almond-Herb Pesto Pasta with Artichoke and Tomato