In Season: Artichokes

Step away from the canned foods aisle and eat fresh artichokes instead.

Stepping into a big box grocery store, it’s easy to think that all produce grows all year round—but that’s hardly the case. In this series, we’ll highlight one in-season produce pick a week.


Nutrition: This green thistle (no, it’s not a vegetable) has tons of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamin K, and potassium in every layer.

Why that’s important: Potassium offsets the harmful effects of sodium in the body, while vitamin K protects against neurological degeneration. High levels of fiber and folic acid help ward off gut, colon, and heart disease.

Where to find them: At farmers’ markets, organic grocers, and restaurant menus across Massachusetts.

Five artichoke recipes:

1. Raw Artichoke, Celery, and Parmesan Salad
via Bon Appetit

It doesn’t get much healthier (or easier) than this refreshing salad. Just whisk together a light dressing, toss in sliced parmesan, and arrange over the greens for a deliciously simple crowd pleaser.

2. Steamed Artichokes with Poached Eggs and Smoked Salmon
via Martha Stewart

These brunch-ready artichokes offer the best of both worlds: the vitamin-dense greens of an artichoke, and the lean protein of eggs and fish. It’s a combination that will give you lasting energy throughout the day.

3. Artichoke Soup
via Simply Recipes

This light, aromatic soup is perfect for chilly November nights. It uses only the hearts of the artichoke, so you can save the leaves for the next day’s recipe.

4. Couscous with Artichokes, Feta, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
via My Recipes

The simple yet strong flavors of these three ingredients mingle to create a salty-sweet plate. Bonus: This dish will only take a few minutes to cook on the stovetop, making it a perfect weeknight meal.

5. Lemon Garlic Grilled Artichokes
via Men’s Fitness

Take advantage of the grill before winter’s here in full force. This easy recipe can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes, using only four artichokes and a few standard cabinet spices.