Recipe Directions

Prepare a lemon-water bath by squeezing the juice of 1/2 lemon into a bowl of cold water and tossing in the peel. Through each stage of cleaning and trimming, return the artichokes to the bath to prevent them from browning.

Discard the tough, dark-green outer leaves of each artichoke by bending them back and snapping them off, until you reach the pale-yellow inner leaves.

With a vegetable peeler, peel the stem and remove the fibrous green base around the bottom of the artichoke. A little stem is okay, just as long as it isn’t tough.

After the artichokes have been peeled, slice about an inch off the tops. All the leaf that remains should be yellow, not green. Slice artichokes in half lengthwise, and remove any sign of a fuzzy choke with a small spoon. Thinly slice artichokes lengthwise.

Dress generously with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Starjen42's Thoughts

For those wondering how you can eat a raw artichoke, I found a recipe on this site: http://nymag.com/listings/recipe/raw-artichoke-salad/. I tried it out and it was quite good! They’re pleasantly crunchy and fresh. It’s hard to throw away all those leaves, but you’ve really got to get down to the center few leaves. I threw them into my compost, but if you aren’t 100% raw, you could probably save them and steam them for another time.

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This is great! I am a big fan of artichokes, but never tried them raw. I hope the raw version is easier to digest, if you know what I mean...(ehemmm less gassy).

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This looks GOOOOOD!

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Actually, hearts of palm are from the palm tree. Maybe you are thinking of artichoke hearts? The heart (below the leaves) was the yummiest part, but the tenderest leaves were good too. This might work with a large artichoke, you'd get more heart that way. Maybe I'll try that next.

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Cool to know artichokes can be eaten raw! Did the artichokes you bought have hearts of palm? Did you eat those raw too? Thanks!

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My Italian mother in law makes this quite often. Exactly the recipe above!!

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