Artichokes are flowers buds harvested before they bloom and the most common type, globe artichoke, is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. Once steamed or boiled you can eat the soft inner curve of the petals, the stem and the real gem: its heart, the flower's tender succulent center, which tastes amazing. Just make sure you remove the hairy filaments called choke and don't eat the thorns, located right at the petals' end. Introduce your kids to artichokes so they can enjoy this "finger food" starting at a young age!
1. Gather the ingredients
- 2 tsp veganaise (egg-free mayonnaise)
- balsamic vinegar (to taste)
- 1 tsp of artichoke stem
2. Choosing your artichokes
Choose greener artichokes, (not the purple ones) and make sure the stems are not cracked.
Rinse the artichokes under cool running water thoroughly and be careful to clean out any debris that may have gotten lodged down into the leaves.
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