START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Artichoke Love Story

  • 1 of 2
Artichoke Love Story

My relationship with artichokes has always been fraught with misunderstanding, suspicion, and frustration. Until now. As a new convert, I’ll tell anyone who’s willing to listen that this is the tastiest, and most rewarding appetizer you can hope to offer your family or your guests.

The artichokes of my childhood were thrown into boiling water whole (stem and all), until they would turn an unsavory gray. Despite sitting in the strainer to drain and cool down, they would be still oozing water by the time they would be put on the table with a bowl of vinaigrette. Then, the hard work would begin: discarding the outer bracts, hard as leather and prickly as thorns, tearing off edible leaves and laboriously scraping the flesh off them through the firm grip of my clenched teeth. After the brief reward of the small, soft, and tasty inner leaves, I knew to watch out for the crown of thorns that defended the thistle. Discarding it with a spoon was a delicate business, as the name of the game was to fully remove this stack of small needles without damaging the ultimate, delicious prize of the whole endeavor: the artichoke’s heart. In the end, I would be left with a big pile a compostable waste in my plate, and not much in terms of satiety or satisfaction to justify the whole affair.

  • 1 of 2

Read more: All recipes, Appetizers & Snacks, Blogs, Food, The Green Plate,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.


+ add your own
12:12AM PDT on May 12, 2013

I gave it a try tonight FANTASTIC I have 2 more HUGE ones. So many recipes I hope I don't buy them all. Now I know artichoke season BUT THIS SEASON is wild they are the size of cantaloupe they weight close to 2 pounds, these are NOT Appetizer they are meal size artichokes

2:49AM PDT on May 8, 2013


3:32PM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

I will give this a try. I recently had a similar experience with Brussels is all in the way you cook it

7:24PM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

TY, care2

4:34PM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

lovely tale

9:27AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013


7:24AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013


3:23AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Thank you :)

11:35AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Thank you

12:43AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

Good to know. Thanks.

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

I eat my bacon pasture raised, organic and GMO free, and my bacon chemical free.

This sounds really smart to me. I really like that it doesn't cut outright any foods that still hav…

I would be thinking more about what I would like to create with my partner.


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!