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Another Artichoke

By handlerstudio  
From the same artist's garden on Hornby Island, in the Canadian temperate rainforest, this artichoke is probably closer to those that most of us eat (that is those of us who do eat artichokes). I have often wondered how people discovered that artichokes are good to eat, and how. This is not immediately obvious. I like them with a dressing of mayonaise with some garlic crushed in, and a bit of balsamic vinegar, all mixed together to dip the ends in after cooking. My wife has tried steaming them. I think it works better (at least with artichokes, if no other vegetable) to boil them.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

Voters: ColleenA, gwynn56, Hermanus and 6 more

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ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
6 Mar 2013 4:59AM
Nice capture, and your write up has made me hungry for an artichoke....Grin

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
6 Mar 2013 5:22AM
A great photo Peter !! I cannot recall ever eating an artichoke Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 5:32AM
Lovely, detailed image. After seeing this I think I'll contact the gardener in Spain to see if we can grow artichokes there.
I cult the stem short, and boil them for an hour or so.....until when you pull off a "leaf" (actually a petal), and taste it, the bottom part of the leaf comes off soft in your teeth. That is the part you eat. The rest of the leaf is not particularly edible. The heart, at the center, is the final prize.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 Mar 2013 5:32PM
I have not eaten these in quite some time, When we did It was melted butter, lemon juice and probably a bit of garlic sauce-- delicious!
and a great image of one here!

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