The Artichoke grows wild in the Mediterranean region, is a delicacy in the Middle East and is widely eaten throughout the world. The Arabic name for an Artichoke is “al Khurshuf” which means prickle or thorn?
Buying them fresh and preparing them is much more fun.
To clean the Artichokes
- Remove the stalk, scales, flower and hairy choke to expose the heart
- Rub lemon onto the hearts (this prevents the artichoke from discoloring, they go brown very quickly)
- Place the Artichoke hearts into a bowl of cold water; add salt and a dash of lemon juice
- 110 ml Olive oil
- Juice of half a lemon
- 50 ml water
- A Pinch of Turkish red pepper
- ½ tsp of fennel seeds
- A small bunch of chopped dill
- 1 lemon cut into wedges
- Place the hearts in a pan with the water, olive oil, lemon juice, fennel seeds and the Turkish red pepper.
- Cover with a lid and poach on a low heat for 15-20 minutes.
- Add salt to taste and continue to poach for about 10 more minutes, when the Artichokes are tender to the touch, remove them from the heat and leave to cool in the pan.
- Place the Artichokes in a serving dish, spoon some flavored olive oil over them. Sprinkle with the dill and serve with the lemon wedges.
Go out and buy this lovely vegetable, nearly to beautiful to eat. Artichokes are so tasty and you can try out many recipes.