New vegetable week 6 - fresh artichokes!
For this week’s Whole Foods “Try one new vegetable every week” challenge, I tackled artichokes. Best known for being either highly armored or canned, artichokes hold a special place in my childhood memories… perhaps the last time I ate one that wasn’t already processed to only the “heart.”
I have a distinct memory of playing in the back yard at Lindsay’s house (a classmate down the block) and then her mom calling us inside for a snack. The extreme pleasure of being presented with a bowl of butter for dipping must have outweighed my apprehension over this unfamiliar and prehistoric looking food (and a vegetable nonetheless!).
Picking off each leaf and scraping the butter laden goodness with my teeth was amazing and, apparently quite memorable.
So, this week I recreated that recipe with hopeful trepidation - though retrospectively with great ease. Boiling and steaming are the most popular cooking methods. I opted for steaming hoping to retain more nutrients. (Who knows?)
After picking off and enjoying each leaf with butter, (please do not count calories on me!) I did go in for the heart. As promised, the heart is protected by prickles but a sharp knife is an effective offense and it made a great addition to my lunch salad the next day.
All in all, a great success (though not currently boyfriend Oscar’s favorite).
Do you have any special childhood food memories?
Try one new vegetable every week recap:
Week 1: Beets
Week 2: Baby kale
Week 3: Turnips
Week 4: Parsnips
Week 5: Purple varieties
Week 6: Artichoke