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National Artichoke Day

Today is March 16 which is National Artichoke Hearts Day. So what is that exactly?

It's a day to celebrate and enjoy artichokes which are considered to be a nutritious, and to many a delicious plant. Artichokes are one of the richest sources of antioxidants and are low in fat, high in fiber, and contains vitamins and minerals like vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Artichokes originate from the Mediterranean and is known to be one of the oldest foods in the world. According to history the Romans and Greeks consumed the plant in the 8th century. In the modern century we prepare them in various ways including boiling, baking, steaming, grilling and fried. California is the official state in which the vegetable is grown and in the United States 99.9% of the artichokes we buy are grown in California.

How do you prepare a artichoke?

If you’re looking to eat stem of the leaves in addition to the heart of the artichoke, using a sharp knife trim approximately 1/3 of the top of the plant. Trim any of the tough leaves from around the side using a pair of scissors. Steaming, boiling or roasting the artichoke will make it easy to pull the leaves from the center (also referred to as the globe).

Artichokes are referred to as a superfood and have been proven by studies to potentially have health benefits. So what are some ways that you can incorporate this tasty plant into your diet?

  • Charred artichokes with preserved lemon aïoli

  • Tomato and green bean salad

  • Artichoke pie with spinach and cheese

  • Artichoke pizza with spinach cream

  • Artichoke pie with spinach and cheese

  • Artichoke pizza with spinach cream

  • Artichoke pasta with lemon and parmesan

Get creative and enjoy this nutritious plant.

Content Sources: Olive Magazine | National Today

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