. . . with a globe artichoke & fresh garlic, now that sounds like a good night to me! My very first post a couple of years ago was to highlight fresh artichokes and my recipe for steaming them. It has been a long time since, so I felt the chokes deserved a comeback. Not to mention they are one of my favorite vegetables ever. These leafy spheres are just as healthy as they are delicious. They lend a hearty (pun intended) component to pasta dishes, salads, pizzas, dips, you name it! Though I add them to many meals, I best love them steamed with fresh garlic & lemon. I eat them as a meal sometimes, or a side with pasta. They go perfectly with a glass of dry rosé or Chardonnay, and my parm garlic butter mix for dipping—taste bud perfection!
I’m going to touch back on the recipe for these since spring & summer are perfect times to buy fresh artichokes. You won’t want to miss out! We know they are are crave-worthy, but they do offer us some benefits aside from butter dippage…
The globe artichoke, Cynara scolymus, is a low calorie , low fat, vegetable packed with vitamins and body boosting benefits. Here is what our medium-size choke has to offer:
- Good source of fiber (6.5 g), protein (4g), and iron (1.55 mg).
- Good source of magnesium (72 mg), folate (61 µg), and potassium, which all benefit muscle function & heart health.
- Globe artichokes are known for their support of liver health, because they contain an acid compound known as cynarin, which is found within the leaves & promotes liver bile production. In turn, this breaks down fatty foods & is said to lower cholesterol.
- Not only a boost for your liver, artichokes are a known antioxidant and possess: 12 mg of Vitamin C, 3,5 dicaffeoylquinic acid, and 4,5 dicaffeoylquinic acid, which demonstrate anti-inflammatory properties.
- Last, but certainly not least—a medium choke has only 60 calories & less than 1 gram of fat.
Don’t mind if I do! Here’s how we did. . . .
The butter dip clenches it, and using the cooked garlic from the steaming pot, we add a subtle garlic element that perfectly compliments the lemon & parm. Tonight I had one solo, but other times I like to pair them with fresh bruschetta for a light, Italian meal.
Get to your local farmer’s market for some fresh globe artichokes! Then get these babies into a steaming pot, for a prelude to an amazing meal! I hope you make these a regular appearance in your kitchen, as I do in mine! Buon Appetito!