An artichoke is usually boiled or steamed whole until it is tender, and then the leaves are pulled off and eaten one by one. Below is one of the ways to cook and serve artichokes.
1. Wash the artichokes and remove discolored leaves from the base.
2. Break off the stalks close to the base, pulling away any strings. Pack the artichokes in one layer in a stainless-steel or enamel saucepan. Sprinkle on some salt and lemon juice, then add enough water to come halfway up the artichokes.
3. Bring to the boil, cover tightly and simmer for about 40 - 45 minutes until a leaf from the middle of an artichoke pulls out easily. Tip the artichokes into a colander and leave upside-down to drain for 5 minutes.
4. For a dinner party presentation, peel back the outer leaves, pull out the purple central cluster of leaves and scoop out the inedible choke beneath with a spoon.
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