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How To Eat Artichokes


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© 2006 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com
If you have never eaten a whole cooked artichoke before, it can appear to be a daunting task. What is eaten and what is thrown away? Learn how to eat an artichoke.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Begin with a cooked artichoke.
  2. Starting at the base of the artichoke, pull off one leaf.
  3. Draw the base of the leaf through your clenched teeth to scrape off the soft portion, discarding the rest of the leaf.
  4. As you progress upward from the base, the leaves become more tender, with larger edible portions until you reach the choke (the undeveloped flower).
  5. Remove and discard the "hairy" choke using a teaspoon.
  6. What remains is the artichoke heart which is then cut and eaten.


  1. Artichokes leaves are often dipped into melted butter, garlic butter, or mayonnaise before eating.
  2. Peeled and cooked artichoke stems are fully edible.
  3. Eating the hairy choke can cause a choking hazard.
  4. Baby artichokes are completely edible, leaves, choke, and all.

What You Need

  • Optional dip.
  • Teaspoon.
  • Napkins.
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