Baby Artichokes (Weekend Herb Blogging)

This post is being submitted to Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted this week by Marija from Palachinka and created by the lovely Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Baby artichokes are, in fact, the same variety as the full-sized artichokes. They are fully mature, but they are picked from the bottom of the artichoke plant.

If you carefully trim them, you can actually eat the entire baby artichoke whole (without having to deal with pulling off the meat with your teeth). You simply trim the bottom of the stem, pull off the few lower leaves, and trim off about 1/2 inch from the top (getting rid of the tough top parts of the outer leaves).

I decided to leave mine whole, because I like the ritual of peeling and eating an artichoke – but if you’re looking for a sophisticated and easy addition to a pasta dish, definitely try trimming them before cooking – you’ll be in for a treat.

Some other ways of cooking baby artichokes are: microwaving, sauteing, grilling, and boiling. Here is a great site that has more information on these little cuties.

Steamed Baby Artichokes

Baby Artichokes
Water, for steaming
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2-3 tablespoons of butter, melted (for dipping)

Cut off the very bottom of the artichoke stem. Steam the artichokes with water and lemon juice for up to 20 minutes. They should be quite tender at this point. Dip the leaves in melted butter and pull away the meat with your teeth. Eat the heart whole.

Baby artichokes are fantastic because they are so tender, and the center is so easy to get to! The heart is most of the artichoke, unlike normal-sized artichokes. You don’t have to make a terrible effort to get to the best part. Enjoy!

3 Replies to “Baby Artichokes (Weekend Herb Blogging)”

  1. I’ve never tasted artichokes before. Can’t find them here in Serbia 🙁 I just can’t get it, we have the climate for growing it, but we don’t, and the supermarkets import passion fruit that comes from further away, but not artichokes. Your dish sound tasty, thanks for your WHB entry!

  2. I LOVE baby artichokes, but I’m quite intimidated by preparing them – thanks for the recipe!!

  3. I love artichokes, but I don’t ever see the baby ones here. My brother is always telling me that he’s cooking them, and I’m envious. They look wonderful in your photo.

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