The Basics: Purple Artichokes

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The Technique

Purple Artichokes

Artichokes are a member of the sunflower family. The portion of the plant prized the most is actually the flower & the heart, that’s so tender once steamed, is an immature bud. The color & size of artichokes indicate a wide range of cultivars from which it may be classified. Now is the prime time to collect & purchase these fresh vegetables as their peak season during the spring runs between March & May. They make wonderful additions to salads or may be steamed & served as an appetizer when accompanied with a simple lemon sauce. Learn how to prepare fresh artichokes in your very own kitchen.

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makes 1

3 quarts water
2 lemon slices
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 {8 to 10-oz} purple artichoke

Bring the water, the lemon slices, the garlic & the salt to a boil over Medium-High heat in a tall 4 quart saucepan. Meanwhile, slice the stem away from the artichoke on a cutting board. Trim the tips from the leaves using kitchen shears. Cut about 3/4-inch of the top of the artichoke off to partially expose the heart in the center. Rinse the artichoke & place in the pot of prepared water. Reduce the heat to Medium-Low & cover. Cook 18 to 22 minutes or until the artichoke heart is tender when pierced with a paring knife. The leaves will also easily pull away from the core as well. Remove the artichoke inverted from the water using a spider & allow the excess water to drain. Position the artichoke upright on a cutting board. Use as directed for specific recipe applications.

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How To Prepare Fresh Artichokes For Cooking Applications

A few pointers will make preparing fresh artichokes for cooking applications effortless. When purchasing them, look for tightly closed bracts or leaves. Artichokes should squeak while working with them which indicates that they are firm, desirable & at their peak. Once cooked until tender, much of the purple pigment will fade.

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The Technique

First & foremost, slice the stem away. Next, the leaves will need to be trimmed. Cut about 3/4-inch of the top of the artichoke off to partially expose the heart in the center. If prepping more than 1 artichoke, place them in lemon water after trimming while attending to the remaining vegetables so they hold their color. Cook the artichokes in a stainless steel or enamel pot to prevent excessive discoloration during the cooking procedure. 

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