Globe artichoke is native to the Mediterranean and they came to the UK in 16th century.
They are in season in Autumn and if you don’t pick them in time to eat, the will transform into a beautiful thistle like flower.
They are a hugely underestimated food and a fantastic source of fibre, folate & Vitamin C. Considered an aphrodisiac, women were once banned from eating them but luckily attitudes have changed now, so tuck in and enjoy them!
Artichoke is wonderful whether steamed, boiled, roasted, stuffed, added to dips and soups, or as preserved artichoke hearts which are widely available.
To roast artichokes, cut off the top third and the stem, making them look like a flower. Tuck a few garlic cloves inside, spray with oil and lemon juice and a shake of salt. Wrap tightly with foil or ideally a natural baking paper & bake at 200c for about an hour. When cool enough to handle, the leaves are wonderful peeled one by one, dipped in a sauce of choice and then pulled through your teeth to remove the soft pulp inside. Once you’ve eaten every petal, find the fleshy heart and cut it up, dip & eat.
Globe Artichokes are considered to support liver function & are a great source of:
- Vitamin C: for growth, development and repair of body tissues. Supports formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth
- Fibre: which normalizes bowel movements by increasing the weight and size of your stool and softening it
- Vitamin K: to help blood clotting (an important nutrient that helps regulate our blood)
- Folate: to support DNA production and other genetic material. It is also needed for healthy cell division
- Magnesium: for bone health & to support calcium absorption
Chinese medicine uses Globe Artichoke to:
- Clear Heat
- Regulate the bowel
- Build healthy blood
- Promote digestion
This vegetable is useful leading up to your period and really useful for those who suffer from pre-menstrual headaches, digestive issues such as bloating, fulness, changes in stool (whether diarrhoea or constipation) & pre-menstrual water retention. It can also be used during the period to calm heavy menstrual flow (due to the Vitamin K) and as a mild blood tonic for people who suffer with Blood Deficiency (according to Chinese medicine diagnosis).
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