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Top Tips On How To Prepare An Artichoke For Cooking

Prepare An Artichoke

Do you know how to prepare an artichoke? If fact, have you actually eaten one? I’ve always given it a miss because it looks like such hard work to prepare one. However, for many the effort is worth it. I guess it’s mainly down to them really liking the taste.

Perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate what we think of it. Especially with it’s health benefits

The total antioxidant capacity of artichoke flower heads is one of the highest reported for vegetables. Cynarine is a chemical constituent in Cynara. The majority of the cynarine found in artichoke is located in the pulp of the leaves, though dried leaves and stems of artichoke also contain it. It inhibits taste receptors, making water (and other foods and drinks) seem sweet.

The best way to get to the pulp of the leaves is to stream the artichoke. It can take around 40 minutes so you will need to be patient.

The video below from PopSugar, presented by Brandi Miloy, explains several ways to prepare an artichoke. She also demonstrates various cooking methods including steaming and roasting.

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