How to prepare purple artichokes

How to prepare purple artichokes
The small purple artichokes, which are more tender than the larger green ones, are almost entirely edible. But they need to be prepared in a particular way. Here is how to do this fairly easily.
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Last modified on: February 26th 2016

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For 1 artichoke, you will need:
  • 1 purple globe artichokes 1 purple globe artichokes
  • 2 lemon ½ lemon
  • Total weight: 165 grams

Change these quantities to make: 1 artichoke 2 artichokes 3 artichokes
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14 min.5 min.19 min.
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Stage 1 - 4 min.
How to prepare purple artichokes
Begin by pulling the leaves off the stalk and from around the raw artichoke.

You can do this by hand...

Stage 2
How to prepare purple artichokes
...or with a knife. The important thing is to break the leaves off at the base, leaving only the tender part. The rest of the leaf should be discarded.

Turn the artichoke as you work...

Stage 3
How to prepare purple artichokes
...until you reach the very tender leaves in the centre.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
How to prepare purple artichokes
Cut off the remaining leaves.

Stage 5
How to prepare purple artichokes
Then trim off the end of the stalk.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
How to prepare purple artichokes
Peel the stalk, using a vegetable peeler, working upwards towards the base of the artichoke.

Stage 7
How to prepare purple artichokes
Once again, turn the artichoke as you work.

When you have peeled it all round, the artichoke is ready.

Stage 8
How to prepare purple artichokes
Plunge it immediately into a bowl of cold water with a little lemon juice added or a pinch of vitamin c.

This is to stop the artichoke turning brown, as it will oxidize very quickly.

Stage 9 - 5 min.
How to prepare purple artichokes
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and tip in the artichoke hearts. Leave to cook until the bases are tender (a knife blade should go through them easily). This will take about 5 minutes.

Stage 10 - 5 min.
How to prepare purple artichokes
Remove from the cooking water and plunge into the cold water to stop the cooking.

Stage 11 - 2 min.
How to prepare purple artichokes
Once cooled and drained, you can use the artichokes whole or cut into pieces, depending on your recipe.

Stage 12
This short video will take you through all the steps again.
Even better than lemon juice for the soaking water, use vitamin C if you can.
Several days in the fridge in a sealed container.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
66 Kcal or 276 Kj3 gr14 gr0 gr
3 %1 %1 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
40 Kcal or 167 Kj2 gr8 gr0 gr
2 %1 %1 %0 %
Per artichoke
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
66 Kcal or 276 Kj3 gr14 gr0 gr
3 %1 %1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
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  • For 1 artichoke : 0.55 €

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The 4 comments already posted on this recipe
  • Because they are rather hard and not very pleasant in the mouth.
    Posted by jh may 16th 2021 at 19:21 n° 4
  • You are the only person I’ve ever seen discard the “leaves” of an artichoke. Why don’t you eat them?
    Posted by Anonymous may 16th 2021 at 00:53 n° 3
  • When it became apparent that my artichoke plant was a purple and not a globe, I had no idea what to do with these. Thank you for the details in explaining the steps. I did find that I needed to double the cooking time.
    Posted by Karen june 6th 2020 at 23:34 n° 2
  • Thank you so much for a very clear and helpful step-by-step. The photos were really great and we enjoyed some delicious purple artichoke as a result. After boiling, we just added olive oil, capers and lemon juice. So good!
    Posted by Anonymous may 6th 2013 at 01:07 n° 1
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