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25 Ways to Use Artichokes

Artichokes peak twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. They are available all year round, but now is the time you can find them from local farms. Artichokes are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and they are a good source of magnesium, potassium and fiber. Young artichokes, also known as baby artichokes, are particularly fantastic mini versions of the large globe variety that we know and love. They can usually be found at farmers’ markets and grocery stores alike in the early spring, and they are almost completely edible — just peel off the tougher outer leaves, trim the stem and you’re ready to get cooking! Whether full-size, baby, pickled, frozen or canned, artichokes make every dish better.

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Spring Fling: Artichokes as Appetizers

Artichoke Appetizer

Laura Calder's Artichokes with Roasted Garlic Aioli

Sure, fresh ones may be available year round, but their sweet, nutty flavor shines brightest in the spring. Roasted, boiled, baked, grilled, fried or even microwaved, artichokes are healthy, versatile and surprisingly easy to prepare.

With the cold weather blues now safely tucked away for the year, light, airy and fresh snacks, like Laura Calder’s Artichokes with Roasted Garlic Aioli, are all the fad. From crunchy crostinis to creamy bakes, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite appetizer recipes that take advantage of artichoke season.

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