If you want to make an elegant, impressive presentation, artichokes will definitely come through for you. They look like beautiful flowering bulbs that are so pretty on a plate but it’s their flavor that really makes the impression. They are very easy to prepare and are a true indulgence with vitamins and low calories.
Artichokes, which are native to the Mediterranean area, are mainly produced in Italy, Spain and France and in the United States. California provides nearly 100% of the U.S crop, 80% from the Monterrey County. Artichokes provide a very buttery taste that is a delicacy to be enjoyed. What I love about this beautiful vegetable is the beauty, flavor and all of the nutritious value it provides.
Artichokes are low in calories and fat, only 60 calories in a medium artichoke. They help lower the bad cholesterol levels and help prevent colon cancer. Fresh Artichokes are an excellent source of folic acid. They are rich in vitamin C and vitamin K. Artichokes are a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. An added bonus for most women, since many women are low in iron.
So next time you want to eat an super food that not only tastes and looks great, purchase some beautiful artichoke and enjoy!