Artichokes are low in calories and fat and are a rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. One medium artichoke has 60 calories, 7 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of plant protein. Fresh artichokes are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folic acid.
While artichoke heart in the can or jar are available year-round, spring is the optimal season to enjoy fresh artichokes. From braising to sautéing to stuffing, here are 12 of my favorite recipes using fresh artichokes in a variety of applications. Enjoy them from the outer leaves to the sweet inner heart that rewards your persistence. Break out the lemon juice, garlic and olive oil – it’s artichoke season at last!