How to Eat an Artichoke

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Eating an artichoke is easy if you know what you are doing. So, let me show you how to eat an artichoke the expert way with this handy guide.

Steamed artichoke in a small bowl

Don’t be intimidated by eating an artichoke. If you’ve got the know-how, it’ll take pride of place on your next charcuterie board, crudité platter, or just as your appetizer of choice. When you enjoy artichokes, the main edible part is the “petals”. The heart of the artichoke can also be used, but the petals are best for dipping.

Before you can eat them, of course, you need to rinse the artichokes, prep, and cook them. Check out how to steam, boil, roast, and more here.

To eat it, start by pulling off one of the outermost petals of the cooked artichoke. Continue until all of the petals are removed. The leaves should come off easily.

Optionally, you can dip the base of the petal in your favorite dipping sauce.

Then place the light end of the artichoke petal into your mouth (dip side down) and pull, scraping through your teeth. You will collect the soft, pulpy part of the leaves. You can then discard the rest.

How to eat Artichoke - steps

Underneath the artichoke petals is the artichoke heart – this is edible too. First, remove the fuzzy “choke” part. Then, using a knife, cut the heart into pieces and dip it into melted butter, a vinaigrette, or a sauce to eat.

My favorite sauces for artichoke dipping have to be this special mayo dip and this classic garlic butter sauce. They bring out the petals’ complex flavor.

What’s your favorite dip for enjoying this vegetable? Let me know in the comments below!

How to Cook Artichokes

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How to Eat an Artichoke

5 from 6 votes
By: Samira
Eating an artichoke is easy if you know what you are doing. So, let me show you how to eat an artichoke the expert way with this handy guide.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients  

  • 1 artichoke cooked

Instructions 

  • Pull off one of the outermost petals of the cooked artichoke. Continue until all of the petals are removed.
  • Optionally, you can dip the base of the petal in your favorite dipping sauce.
  • Place the light end of the artichoke petal into your mouth (dip side down) and pull, scraping through your teeth. You will collect the soft, pulpy part of the leaves. Enjoy!
    Four steps for eating artichoke
  • Underneath the artichoke petals is the artichoke heart – this is edible too. Remove the fuzzy "choke" part. Then cut the heart into pieces and enjoy.

Notes

You can serve the artichoke with your favorite dipping sauce. 
Course: Side
Cuisine: European
Shelf life: 2-3 Days

Nutrition

Calories: 60kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 0.2g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 120mg, Potassium: 474mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 17IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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