Artichoke is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom.


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Health Benefits

  • High in prebiotic fibers.

  • There are less than 25 calories in a whole artichoke.

  • Packed with antioxidants.

How To:



Look for tightly-packed leaves; splayed leaves are a sign your artichoke is less than fresh. A couple of brown spots, however, are fine.



  1. Wash the artichoke.
  2. Remove the outer leaves.
  3. Trim the points off of the remaining leaves.
  4. Boil or steam the artichoke and enjoy.


Sprinkle your artichokes with a few drops of water and store in a perforated plastic bag in the coldest part of the refrigerator for up to 1 week. If cooking them on the day you buy them, leave them at cool room temperature. Once opened, marinated artichoke hearts will keep, if refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks.

Better For You Tip

Artichokes are delicious when roasted and provide lots of fullness for little calories.