Arty ‘Choke

Hopefully y’all caught a bit of the sun last weekend before it went hiding whilst the hail and winds came out to play. Summer looks like it may be back on schedule for the Bank holiday, just in time for a seasonal box with lettuce and tomatoes, complete some lemon for the dressing.

It’s also the first time we are having globe artichoke in the boxes. This bud of a large member of the thistle family has rather complex anatomy. The tender ends of the leaves and the base (or ‘heart’) of the bud are both edible, but the tough outside leaves and the furry central choke (hence the name) and surrounding leaves aren’t.

Simply stunning and absolutely gorgeous it definitely goes with arty….but what do you do with it and how the heck do you eat it?!?

It’s easiest to steam the whole artichoke head, then pull the leaves off and dip them in mayo, hollandaise sauce, melted butter or garlic butter, drawing the leaf through your teeth to remove the tender flesh before discarding the rest. Here’s a more detailed guide with photos or a video if you’ll prefer. The slice of lemon and bay leaf suggestion is definitely worth adding, and maybe a clove of garlic also if you fancy. Or have it with a vinaigrette, maybe Delia’s version with shallot (or use a small red onion and/or lemon juice instead) if you prefer.

If you are getting the barbie out for the weekend they can also be barbecued or grilled: cut in half lengthways, remove the choke, brush with olive oil and grill for 30 minutes, until tender.

For a fancier version boil the head, pull out the central leaves, scoop out the choke and stuff with chopped garlic and parsley, grated parmesan and bread crumbs before drizzling with olive oil and baking in the oven.

For more ideas on how to eat the vegetables in this week’s box, try searching on our webpage for past blogs!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Maris Piper, Lincs
* Carrots, Scotland
* Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Yorks
* Globe Artichoke, Cambs
* Tomatoes, Spain
Spring Greens, Lincs
Mushroom, Suffolk
Lettuce, Kent

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Wild Garlic, Kent

Fruit Supplement
Lemons, Spain (standard only)
Bananas, Dom Rep

 

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