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Author Topic: I'm in love.... with artichokes!  (Read 2759 times)

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I'm in love.... with artichokes!
« on: July 03, 2013, 05:55:06 PM »
For about two months I've been craving, eating, drinking, and loving all things artichoke. 

By drinking I'm referring to various italian liquors, the famous one being Cynar but there are others.  I've always loved bitter sweet drinks and cocktails, with or without alcohol. 

It never occurred to me until today to look up health benefits of artichokes.

There seem to be plenty, though not all that well documented, perhaps.



I noticed is that artichokes have compounds that are antioxidant, anti-cancer, cholesterol reducing, and liver cleansing...  Full of vitamins and minerals.

Maybe this is still reparative work my body is craving from the Hep C I had last fall...  I think sometimes the body knows and starts to crave things that are good for it....  Artichokes, lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper, maybe some thin slices of ham. just tastes like heaven to me these days.

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Re: I'm in love.... with artichokes!
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013, 06:33:55 PM »
I'm with you on the artichokes . I love them steamed , I pull a leaf off and dip it on hot garlicky butter and scrape . I love the whole hand to mouth tactile aspect of them as well .   

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Re: I'm in love.... with artichokes!
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 08:31:36 PM »
I must admit I've not had much experience with artichokes other than that pre-made store brand Spinach/artichoke dip, which may or may not be real artichoke. But given this thread I think I will give them a try next time I'm in the fresh produce aisle. )

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Re: I'm in love.... with artichokes!
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 08:34:48 PM »
you can steam em a good long time and then snack on them watching tv
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Re: I'm in love.... with artichokes!
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 08:42:35 PM »
Just be sure to trim the stickers off each petal with kitchen scissors or you will get stuck and loose patience with them . 

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Re: I'm in love.... with artichokes!
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2013, 01:15:42 PM »
 :) I too love Artichokes. They might also be an Alkaline Producing food in the body... Which might, maybe, perhaps, help in the prevention of "Lactic Acidosis" which is a possible side effect of the HIV drug I currently consume. A delicious fun food that might help prevent potential health issues.
They also look nice in a floral Bouquet if you can find them with a long stem or use a bamboo stick to hold them in the bouquet. ::)
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Re: I'm in love.... with artichokes!
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2013, 04:30:20 PM »
This discussion reminded me that I haven't had a fresh artichoke in many years so I picked up a couple of them yesterday. I had to get on youtube to see how to cook them as I have never done it myself.
Seems simple enough. Cut off the stem and steam them for 20 minutes. The lady on the video was saying the highbred versions don't have those thorny things on them. Sure enough, mine didn't.
Going to make a butter, olive oil, lemon and garlic sauce for dipping.
Two of the youtube clips showed them dipping it in mayo. :P
This got me wondering how in the hell do they process these things to make commercial artichoke dip? Must be some amazing machinery!  :o 8)
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