Artichoke hearts are the edible part of the artichoke, a thistle-like plant in the sunflower family. They are found at the base of the artichoke flower head, just above the stem.

To reach the heart, you must remove the outer layers of tough leaves and the fuzzy part known as the “choke,” which sits directly above the heart when the artichoke is mature.

Artichoke hearts have a mild, slightly nutty flavor and a tender texture. They are a versatile ingredient that can be eaten fresh, marinated, or cooked and are often used in salads, dips, pasta dishes, and as a topping on pizza. Artichoke hearts are not only delicious but also rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them a healthy addition to various meals.

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