Artichoke Facts

artichoke food facts picture of whole artichoke
Artichoke facts and general information about artichokes.

Kids Cooking Activities Teaching Materials

Make teaching easier with our activities and recipes compiled in theme sets and books with an easy to read format

Perfect for teaching!

~This post may contain affiliate links and I'll earn a small commission if you shop through them. There is no extra cost to you. This is how we help support our family and continue to bring you amazing content. To learn more see the affiliates disclosure here.~

Artichokes are Available in Season:

Fresh in springtime.

How do Artichokes Grow:

Artichokes are the flower bud of a thistle plant, see the picture below.
how does an artichoke grow picture of an artichoke plant

What to Look For When Buying Artichokes:

Choose tightly closed buds that are green or purplish-green in color.

Artichoke Storage Tips:

Store artichokes in the refrigerator.

How to Cook Artichokes:

Cut the sharp end tips off with a serrated knife. You can scoop out the middle fuzz before or after cooking. To cook, boil artichokes in large pot of water until a skewer pierces through the middle easily.

Time may vary according to size but could be 20-40 minutes. To eat, dip leaves in butter or oil dressing and bite off fleshy end. When you get to the center and all the leaves are off, scoop away fuzz, being careful not to take the heart out with it. Eat heart or prepare it in an artichoke recipe.

Artichoke Nutrition Facts:

Artichokes contain fiber, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium. They also have a high amount of antioxidants.

Artichoke Recipes:

Spinach Artichoke Dip

  • 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 can 14 oz. artichoke hearts, drained or 3 fresh artichoke hearts, cooked and prepared
  • ½ Cup spinach, frozen, chopped then steamed
  • ¼ Cup mayonnaise- Do not use miracle whip
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ Cup Romano cheese (you can use all Parmesan also)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon basil or 1 Tablespoon basil fresh
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Allow cream cheese to come to room temperature. Cream together mayo, cheeses, garlic, and basil. Mix well. Add artichoke hearts and spinach. (Squeeze all excess water out of spinach before combining) Mix until well blended. Spray pie pan with Pam and pour in dip. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. You can also top with ¼ Cup mozzarella cheese, grated.

artichoke spinach dip

Artichoke Cooking Video: How To Cook an Artichokes

Artichoke Cooking Ideas

Share your food facts and recipes

Do you have a food facts or recipe to share?

Related Food Facts Pages:
~Apple, ~Apricot, ~Avocado, ~Banana, ~Berry, ~Cherry, ~Coconut, ~Cranberry, ~Dates, ~Figs, ~Grapefruit, ~Grapes, ~Kiwi, ~Lemon and Limes, ~Mango, ~Melon, ~Orange, ~Papaya, ~Peach, ~Pear, ~Pineapple, ~Plums, ~Tomato, ~Artichoke, ~Asparagus, ~Beets, ~Broccoli, ~ Brussels Sprouts, ~Cabbage, ~Carrot, ~Cauliflower, ~Celery, ~Corn, ~Cucumber, ~Eggplant, ~Garlic, ~Green Beans, ~Kale, ~Lettuce/Salad Greens, ~Mushrooms, ~Okra, ~Onion, ~Parsnip, ~Peas,green, ~Peppers, ~Potato, ~Radish, ~Rhubarb, ~Spinach, ~Summer Squash and Zucchini, ~Sweet Potato, ~ Turnip, ~ Winter Squash, including Pumpkins, ~Beans, ~Eggs, ~Nuts, ~Seeds, ~ Meat, ~ Dairy, ~ Grains

Follow Kids Cooking Activities

Pinterest youtube email newsletter