SELECTING & STORAGE
First Step to Enjoying Artichokes: Proper Selection
You’ll enhance the pleasure of eating Artichokes if you invest a few extra minutes in making your selection at the local produce section. Pick up the Artichokes and feel the weight. You’re searching for those that feel the heaviest and firmest. Now examine the exterior. You’re looking for Globes that have a healthy green color, compact center leaves and an overall look of freshness (not dehydrated).
Selecting Fresh Ocean Mist Artichokes During the winter months (December to February), if you see Artichokes with a blotchy colored or white-blistered exterior appearance, be sure to try one. The appearance of these Artichokes is the result of exposure to colder temperatures and frost. Connoisseurs believe these “Frost-Kissed” Artichokes are more tender and have a flavorful, nutty zest.
Keeping it Fresh: Care, Storage and Handling of Artichokes
Before you get to the really fun stage of cooking and eating your Artichokes, you’ll want to make sure the Globes are in the freshest state possible. For refrigerated storage, slice a dime width off of the Artichoke stem, sprinkle the raw Artichoke stems with water and refrigerate them in an airtight plastic bag. It’s best to cook them within five to seven days after you buy them.
Cooked Artichokes should be cooled completely and covered before you put them in the refrigerator, where they can keep for up to a week. Artichokes are great for cooking the night before. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving, stuffing, grilling or using as an ingredient in another dish. Visit our How to Prepare & Cook section for details on these and other cooking methods.
Visit our How to Prepare & Cook section for details on these and other cooking methods.