From our plates to cosmetics: artichokes are true all-rounders.
Artichokes are vegetables with exceptional gastronomic qualities. Versatile and tasty in any of their presentations, they are also a source of minerals, such as potassium, and are among the vegetables with the highest magnesium, phosphorus and calcium content.
The word artichoke comes from the Arabic (al-kharshûf), which is translated as "stick of thorns". It is a vegetable very present in the culinary tradition of the Mediterranean countries and has its origin in the regions of North Africa.
The extracts of the fine tissues of the artichoke are also used in cosmetics as an ingredient in tonics or cleansing and refreshing lotions.
Very high in folate and vitamins C and K, they also supply important minerals, such as magnesium and iron.
One medium artichoke contains almost 7 grams of fiber, which is an incredible 23–28% of the reference daily intake!
This delicious veg comes with only 60 calories per medium artichoke and around 4 grams of protein —way above average for a plant-based food. Artichokes may help lower blood pressure, ease symptoms of IBS, improve digestive health and help regulate blood pressure.
Preparing and cooking artichokes is not as difficult as it seems.They can be steamed, boiled, grilled, roasted, or sautéed.