How do you eat an artichoke? Culy explains it

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Suppose you are in a restaurant in France or Italy and are served a whole artichoke. Delicious, but if you’ve never eaten an artichoke, the large plant on your plate can be intimidating. Because: do you eat the whole thing? Do you start at the bottom or the top? What do you dip in the sauce? All questions that come to mind when you are served a large artichoke. Therefore, once and for all: this is how you eat an artichoke.

Once you figure it out, it’s actually quite easy.

How to prepare an artichoke

The artichoke comes in many different shapes and sizes. It is sometimes boiled, pickled, put in oil and then sold as artichoke hearts in a jar. But you can also find it in the shape of a ‘Romana’. These are Roman artichokes that are spread, filled with a delicious spice mixture and then stewed until they are buttery soft.

Then you have the ‘alla Giudia ‘ variant. That means nothing more than ‘prepared in the Jewish way’. Artichokes (carciofi in Italian) are a specialty in Rome, but nowadays also a favorite throughout Italy during the winter months. The city of Rome has a gigantic Jewish community with all kinds of different culinary traditions (don’t forget to visit the Jewish quarter during your city trip). You fry the ‘carciofi alla Giudia’, after which the crunchy leaves are partly eaten, but the main thing to look forward to is the soft inside.

Don’t choke on the artichoke

It is important to know that you cannot eat every part of the artichoke. At least, it’s possible, but you really have to learn to eat some parts. It ‘s not for nothing that the English name of the plant is artichoke : you could even choke on some parts!

Raw food is therefore not just for everyone, but a carpaccio of raw, wafer-thin strips of the artichoke heart can be delicious. Make sure you chew well and especially do not eat the sharp leaves on the outside raw .

plate cake with artichoke, ricotta and capers

How do you eat the artichoke then? 

If you order an artichoke in a Dutch restaurant, you can assume that you will receive the large flower bud in its entirety on a plate. The plant will have been steamed or boiled, making the undersides of the leaves nice and soft. Often a bowl of delicious sauce is served alongside the artichoke and that’s it. How are you going to tackle such a monster?

Continue cooking with artichoke

Did you feel like preparing an artichoke? Look for it at your local supermarket or local greengrocer. We have listed the various recipes with the extravagant flower bud for you. Also tasty: sprinkle some artichoke hearts on your pizza!

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