This artichoke came miles away from my city. Mom II sent a package to us full of natural products a few days ago. We don’t have much chance of finding products grown by farmers here, so she sent us veggies and several herbs produced by farmers as her city has local farmer’s market open everyday. These products are obviously more tasty and fresher than the ones we buy from supermarkets here.
I generally buy cleaned artichoke from market, but these were whole artichokes. I didn’t know how to reach its core without damaging, so I got help from mom II. I followed the instructions she gave me on the phone and I think I was able to succeed although it was my first try.
The most common way to cook artichoke is to stuff it with pea, cubed potatoes and carrots. This is generally served cold as a side dish or mezze. Extra virgin olive oil is the preferable oil for this dish, so you can find it under the category of olive oil dishes on restaurant menus in Turkey. Another flavor to include in it is lemon, you can even serve a lemon wedge with it.
Artichoke is said to be one of the best vegetables against many cancer types. Mom II says it is such a healthy vegetable that it has positive effects on you even when you pass near an artichoke field as you inhale the same air, and we are lucky enough to get it directly from its field thanks to her.