Contributed by: Chris, WebAdmin. of RecipesNow.com
by Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D.
President, Produce for Better Health Foundation
(NAPSA)-Did you know that Castroville, California is America's artichoke capital? In the lush rolling fields around Castroville, artichokes grow from softball-to-egg-size. The big ones are great to cook and stuff with fillings like tuna or pasta salad. Medium size artichokes are perfect for single servings and babies are almost completely edible and great for sauting or roasting.
Look for compact, heavy-for-their-size artichokes. Store them in the crisper section of the refrigerator and use them within a week. Artichokes with thorns-they're at the tip of their petals-have bigger hearts and are better eating than the thornless varieties.
At just 25 calories each, artichokes are a good source of fiber and the important nutrients: vitamin C, folic acid and magnesium. They are naturally low in sodium, and fat and cholesterol free. There is overwhelming evidence that eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day can significantly reduce the risk of getting diseases like cancer, heart disease and stroke. This healthy vegetable is easy to prepare and cook, and really fun to eat.
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