Eating thistles

Posted: April 14, 2020 in Uncategorized
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If my mom hadn’t grown up in California, I might have missed artichokes altogether and what a shame that would have been! Artichokes weren’t big in Nebraska. But we never had them stuffed in the Italian way. We dipped the meaty ends of the leaves in Miracle Whip and enjoyed the tender heart the same way.

My husband and I went through a phase of dipping them in butter, but now we eat them just plain, at least until we get to the heart. I use mayonnaise and my husband uses butter then. Yesterday morning when I was grocery shopping and trying to get used to wearing a mask, I found these beauties. Rinsed, then steamed, they were delicious and quite filling.

I often wonder who first looked the head of a thistle, complete with little sharp ends, and said, “Wow, I bet that’s tasty?” Must have been someone quite hungry!

I also wonder what life would be like if all the thistles in the world, that grow everywhere and are difficult to get rid of, were artichokes. Oh, what a world it would be!

  1. carylbeach says:

    It was my Mum who loved artichoke hearts and I could never understand why…until I grew up and tried them- wow then I appreciated how delicious they are. In salad, on. them!

  2. Like you I like to eat them with mayonnaise and gnaw my brake while waiting to reach the heart before, what bad luck to remove all this beard

  3. It is a taste I have yet to acquire – I should persevere. I gave up trying with broccoli πŸ™‚

  4. Su Leslie says:

    I have the same thought about food too. My all-time culinary puzzle is meringue. Who thought β€œnow if I just separate the egg white from the yolk and beat like crazy while adding sugar before I bake it in a really slow oven …”

  5. I hate to admit that I’ve never cooked and eaten a fresh artichoke. I’ve certainly eaten and enjoyed them in a variety of recipes. You’ve got me thinking though. πŸ™‚

  6. I only like the hearts…actually I love the hearts! I never got into eating the leaves with mayo or anything.

    I smiled when you said your Mom liked them with Miracle Whip. My mother loves that stuff and that’s what I grew up on. I prefer mayo. Since I moved out of my parent’s house I don’t believe I’ve purchased more than one jar of Miracle Whip. πŸ˜€

    • I use marinated artichoke hearts quite often (or the frozen ones or just canned in water) but I always regret all the leaves that went uneaten and unenjoyed to get them. πŸ™‚

  7. Norm 2.0 says:

    My wife likes them, me not so much, but perhaps it’s time I give them another try.

  8. Butter, yes. (Maybe the outer leaves are like the worker ants, they know their job and sacrifice for the others?)
    (Wonder if the first human witnessed an animal carefully approaching and unraveling artichokes and got the idea?)

  9. My Mom stuffed them with the Italian cheese, breadcrumbs and onion, then steamed them until tender

  10. JT Twissel says:

    We used to have artichokes growing in the backyard. They attract some fairly disgusting bugs so they had to go!

  11. scr4pl80 says:

    Love artichokes. Mayo for me all the way!

  12. restlessjo says:

    Well, that was fun, Janet. I never knew so many people with an interest in artichokes πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  13. Dan Antion says:

    This post made me think of the things that we eat, and wonder if we would have ever started eating them. It’s a curious mental road.

  14. Resa says:

    YUM! I love artichokes! I dip them in straight fresh squeezed lime juice!

  15. billgncs says:

    butter = better !

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