Eating Whole Artichokes

Fully enjoying whole artichokes is a messy, finger-licking-good experience! Here are some hints for eating this unusual vegetable. Starting on the outside of the artichoke, remove petals, one at a time. Pull each petal through your teeth to remove the soft, pulpy portion. Discard petals. The fuzzy center portion is the "choke" and shouldn't be eaten. The meaty bottom, or heart, of the artichoke is completely edible.