CSA Vegetable of the Week – June 6, 2016

Artichokes!

Artichokes are a good source of antioxidants as well as Vitamin C. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database, artichoke provides 15 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. Not only is Artichoke a great source of Vitamin C but based on the ORAC system, it is considered to have an antioxidant capability v-artichokescore higher than other sources of vitamin C such as orange juice. Artichoke is also a great source of fiber that may promote intestinal health, lowering cholesterol and balance blood sugar level. If you have discomfort in the stomach, bloating, lack of appetite, nausea, mild diarrhea or constipation, the nutrients found in artichokes may be able to help relieve these symptoms.

Recipe of the Week
Steamed Artichoke Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients:
-2 Whole Artichoke
-2 Tablespoons Butter (or less to your preference)
-2 Cloves Garlic, Sliced
-Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:
Fill a pot with enough water to cover the bottom. Bring to a full boil over high heat. While water is heating, trim and discard the stems and tough outer leaves of the artichoke. It is also recommended to trim off the pointed tips of the leaves to enable the full enjoyment of this vegetable.

Tuck in butter and slices of garlic into the artichoke leaves.

When water is boiling, place a steamer into the pot and set artichokes in the steamer on its side. Cover the pot with a lid and allow the artichokes to steam for approximately 20 minutes or until tender.

Sources:
Facts: http://www.livestrong.com/article/471274-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-artichoke-hearts/
Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/18345/artichokes/

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