Artichokes, as shown in this picture from SFBFS’ Demonstration Garden, are intriguing vegetables.
Exotic in appearance, artichokes are also a wonderful food choice. One popular way of preparing them is through the process of steaming. Often, this is done over boiling water in a steamer or by placing the artichokes on a steamer tray above water in a pot. Before washing and cooking the artichoke, it is important to open up the leaves in order to allow the steam to penetrate to the heart of the vegetable. This can be done manually (one leaf at a time) or by hitting the artichoke on a counter or cutting board. After steaming at about 30 to 45 minutes at medium heat, the plant is ready to eat when one of the inner leaves can be easily plucked. Extra flavor can be added to the dish by placing spices such as garlic cloves or bay leaves to the water.
Submitted by: William Laws