the leaves are pulled off individually and put in your
mouth so that the outside of the leaf is on Top.
Use your teeth to scrape off the inside soft part of the
leaf. Be careful of the little thorn on the Top
end of the leaf. Traditionally, the leaves are dipped
into melted butter, mayonnaise or a sauce of some type
(Bernaise sauce is truly mouth melting). However,
we no longer use any sauce and happily eat them just plain.
Put a big bowl in the center of the table for everyone
to put their leaf remnants in. (Important tip:
DO NOT put these leaves down the garbage disposal - compost
them instead. Let's just say we only made that
When you are
nearing the center of the artichoke, you are getting to
the best part. The leaves will be real tiny by now.
Use a spoon to cut away the "choke" which will
be all hairy. Do not eat that part. What
remains is called "the heart." Just cut
it up with a knife and eat it with a fork. Yum,
yum!! It is worth the fuss to eat this fresh.