Artichokes are in the thistle family. They have been grown for centuries in various regions. Optimal growing time for the Northern Hemisphere is March, April and May.
Artichokes are very beneficial to your health. They promote digestion through increasing the bile flow which aids in digestion of fats. And also aid digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). They’re a powerful antioxidant that can help with cancer prevention. Eating artichokes can lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol.
Artichokes can be boiled or steamed. Cut the sharp tips and stem before you cook. When the leaves in the center pull away easily, it’s done. You can enjoy either warm or cold.