Monday, March 31, 2008

How to Choose an Artichoke

I found myself asking this question of myself and others several times this past Saturday at the farmer's market when I realized I had forgotten Aliza Green's handy produce guide, and no one could give me a straight answer. One farmer actually told me to just choose one that I liked. What does that even mean? So, upon returning home I consulted my guide and here's what I discovered: an artichoke should have tightly packed and brightly colored leaves, its cut end should also be fresh and definitely not "black." Ick! You may have also noticed that the market is awash in these feisty flowers at the moment, and that's because they are in season from now through May. Enjoy them while you can!

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