What Artichokes Can Do for You
The global artichoke is an unusual food. A member of the thistle family that is cultivated as food, it is one of the world’s oldest cultivated vegetables. Artichokes are used in many parts of the world both as food and as medicine. The edible portion of the plant is actually the unbloomed flower buds. Each green, sphere-shaped bud is enclosed by overlapping “leaves” whose flesh is sweet and tender at the base (but inedible at the tip). When you peel away the “leaves”, you will find a fibrous thistle, known as the “choke”, which is firm-fleshed, tender and delectable at the base (known as the “heart of the choke”).