100 Foods: Artichokes

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Artichokes

Out of any vegetable the artichoke has the most antioxidants. Amazing no? The only other major minerals here are: Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorous and Cynarin.

Artichokes aid in digestion, bile flow, bladder function and aid as a diuretic. They also show some potential in lowering the reisk of coronary heart disease by helping to lower cholesterol.

Artichokes can be boiled, stuffed, pickled, canned, made into a tea, etc.

We have not really made artichokes before… but… um… I tried…

Yeah… we won’t be doing that again.

I do enjoy when others make artichoke dip and pre-made marinated artichoke hearts. I do not like making them myself. Never again.

How do you like your artichokes?

~Emme

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