Preparing artichoke hearts

The globe artichoke is related to the thistle. Its leaves are edible, as is the bottom part of the flower, called the 'heart' or 'fond' (which you can also buy tinned or frozen).

-Holding the artichoke by the stem, saw the body of the artichoke in half horizontally. Discard the purple leaves at the tip.

-Break the stem at the base of the artichoke by pushing it away from you. Pull the stem from the artichoke and remove the fibres.

-Snap the leaves from around the cut edges of the artichoke. Cut the remaining leaves from the artichoke.

-Holding the artichoke in the palm of your hands and, angling the knife, peel away the skin to leave only the white 'fond'. Slice off the tip of the artichoke.

-Scrape the hairy choke from the centre of the artichoke using a spoon.

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Globe artichoke salad Globe artichoke salad

By Paul Merrett

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Equipment you will need for this technique

  • Large, sharp, serrated knife
  • Spoon
  • Chopping board