Have You Tried: Artichoke Hearts?

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By: , – Dana Angelo White, Food Network’s Healthy Eats
7/4/2012 10:00 AM   :  40 comments   :  9,585 Views

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Fresh artichokes are a classic spring treat, but you can enjoy artichoke hearts all year long.

What Are Artichoke Hearts?

Buried within the rough leaves of an artichoke, is the sweet and tender “heart.” These little treasures have a buttery texture and earthy flavor that you can deepen with olive oil and garlic or liven up with a squirt of fresh lemon. You can find them bagged and frozen, canned in water or jarred, marinated in olive oil and spices. The oil-packed ones are a little higher in healthy fat but draining the oil will help save some calories. 

Healthy Attributes

Artichoke hearts are low in fat and calories but overflowing with fiber. They also offer up a healthy dose of potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants that help detoxify the body.

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  • 40
    I mix a small jar of artichoke hearts with my pasta & chicken recipe as well as spinach, peppers, and onions. Really adds a little zing to the rest of the meal. - 2/18/2014   4:22:58 PM
  • 39
    I have to have 3,4 cans in the pantry at all times. Tossed with olive oil,mushrooms,seasonings saute till golden brown, Delish!!. Add some protein like chicken, or shrimp,. Yummy!!. Don't need anything else, but can add pasta,rice.. I usually use on pizza's. Add to salads. The uses are unlimited.
    - 2/18/2014   1:19:24 PM
  • 38
    I love them. I usually buy them packed in oil. A recipe I'm making tonight calls for frozen artichokes - I have no idea if my grocery store carries them that way! I tried cooking a fresh artichoke once and found it to be frustrating -- I never tried it again. - 2/18/2014   12:44:30 PM
  • 37
    I like the Progresso canned in water style artichoke hearts. I divide them up into servings, usually 3 per serving. Often I cut them in half again and toss with Ken's light italian dressing, about 6 grape tomatoes, a little crumbled feta a couple black olives and 2 ounces of Barilla veggie pasta. This makes a great side salad with fish or chicken!!! - 10/28/2013   11:33:53 PM
  • 36
    I tried artichoke hearts for the first time recently and realized that I have been craving that flavor my entire life and didn't know it. - 10/28/2013   10:37:04 AM
  • 35
    As a California girl I was surprised some people hadn't tried them. I don't remember a time when I didn't eat artichokes. They are my favorite veggie, any way shape or form. - 10/26/2013   5:43:05 PM
  • 34
    I love artichokes! I buy them fresh when they are in season, steam them, and eat them with a horseradish/Greek yogurt dip. Otherwise, I love getting them canned or marinaded to put in salads or to just eat by themselves. - 7/10/2012   6:30:54 PM
  • DUCKY4313
    33
    I have had artichoke hearts, usually canned and rinsed in pasta salad and my favorite, hot artichoke and spinach dip with pita chips. I could probably figure out a healthier dip if i break it down( going to try that) also, i think they would be great on a large portabello mushroom cap grilled with some diced tomatoes and black olives. (Just thought of that one!) My vegan daughter would like that too. - 7/8/2012   10:42:09 PM
  • 32
    I freakin' love artichokes!!! I will put them in pasta, on pizza, etc. Love them! - 7/8/2012   7:53:07 PM
  • 31
    Haven't tried them, but I'm putting them on my list of things I am planning on trying! - 7/8/2012   2:07:07 PM
  • SPANISHANNIE
    30
    These are a common crop in Spain, and theres many ways to enjoy them. One of my particular favourites is dipping the inner leaves into homemade lemon & black pepper mayo !! - 7/8/2012   5:48:34 AM
  • HABITATPAT
    29
    One of the first "exotic" foods I tried as a young adult living on my own. They are an element of many of my favorite recipes and are always in the fridge, in one form or another! - 7/7/2012   6:06:38 PM
  • MELDWAN2LOSE
    28
    I have been eating artichoke hearts since 1974 (whenever I can get them.) It is not always easy to get them fresh and the canned ones usually have oil. But I love them and feel good after eating them. - 7/7/2012   7:59:19 AM
  • 27
    I love fresh artichokes, but when they've been marinated, they are ruined for me. - 7/6/2012   12:08:31 PM
  • GMAGEE
    26
    Artichokes have such a wonderfully mild flavor. Unfortunately, they've gotten too expensive for us to buy fresh. We treat ourselves to marinated or plain, frozen hearts from time to time. The frozen ones are delicious mixed with sauteed or grilled chicken and a little pasta. And, for New Year's Eve, we like to do an artichoke dip: marinated hearts with a little light mayo and parmesan cheese, baked a bit to meld the flavors. Yum! - 7/6/2012   10:43:04 AM
  • 1GNPARKER
    25
    I've tried cooking my own artichokes but don't have the patience to eat them lol. Artichoke hearts are another matter. I mix them in salads, cook chicken stuffed with them and make a great hot dip. I could eat them right out of the jar or can, they are that good. - 7/6/2012   12:59:54 AM
  • 24
    I absolutely love them, and put them in my salads. they are delicious, and so good for you. - 7/5/2012   10:42:58 PM
  • 23
    I love artichokes but have never cooked them. i want to try this. - 7/5/2012   7:53:15 PM
  • 22
    Love artichokes, artichoke hearts, artichoke soup, salad, add them to pasta, eat them hot, cold, room temp, yum! - 7/5/2012   6:43:35 PM
  • MARYJEANSL
    21
    I do love artichokes, but not the marinated kind. I buy whole ones and cook them myself. Usually I eat them plain, but every once in a while I go for the decadent, high-calorie option and dip the leaves and heart in melted butter. - 7/5/2012   6:41:03 PM
  • 20
    Artichokes are a fun and tasty vegetable where the heart is worth the labor of getting to it. I dip the meat of the leaves in a salt free balsamic vinagrette. Some people do use italian dressing. - 7/5/2012   4:54:35 PM
  • 19
    I LOVE marinated artichoke hearts, especially with some marinated sun dried tomatoes and marinated mushrooms with some feta on top. SOOO good.

    I love steaming artichokes and dipping them in butter. When I do this everone else says I'm eating "caveman" food. but itsoooooo yummy. - 7/5/2012   4:26:16 PM
  • 18
    I have, but they don't taste all the different to me than the rest of the artichoke. I know people say they are the best part, but I still can't figure out why! - 7/5/2012   1:16:16 PM
  • JACKIE542
    17
    I will try this! - 7/5/2012   12:17:46 PM
  • 16
    Yum they're so good whole with just a pinch of butter and garlic on the side! Any time I eat one it's just about my whole meal. - 7/5/2012   11:11:59 AM
  • 15
    I haven't tried them. But since almost everyone likes them and they are so good for you I will have to get some. - 7/5/2012   10:36:10 AM
  • 14
    I like artichoke hearts, but my favorite is a whole artichoke...where you scrape the leaves with your teeth, then get to the treat in the middle (the heart). I grew up eating artichokes as a kid in France. My Grandma would make a red wine viniagrette with parsley, garlic & hazlenut oil, and we'd dip the leaves and the heart in it. Man, do I miss that!! - 7/5/2012   9:56:23 AM
  • 13
    I love them and use them in many dishes. They add a little extra boost to a salad, especially when I'm short on ingredients. I always have a can or jar on hand. - 7/5/2012   9:10:27 AM
  • 12
    love them I add them to my chicken pasta along with sundried tomatoes and black olives. - 7/5/2012   6:59:15 AM
  • 11
    Love them! - 7/5/2012   6:45:17 AM
  • 10
    Love, love, love them!!! Grew up near Castroville (artichoke mecca) so we had them all time. Mom makes them in a naughty dip with parmasean cheese, jalapenos, yellow onions and mayo. Whole artichoke steamed and drizzled with lemon, where the hearts are soft, but not mushy. Yum!!! - 7/5/2012   5:42:06 AM
  • 9
    Only had them in dip...guess it is time to try them in a more healthy way. - 7/4/2012   8:42:52 PM
  • 8
    Yes, I love them. I usually put them in salads. - 7/4/2012   7:21:36 PM
  • DLGILBERT
    7
    Have not tried, don't sound very good, guess I will have to try sometime. - 7/4/2012   5:55:48 PM
  • 6
    that sounds good. - 7/4/2012   12:52:48 PM
  • 5
    I have tried every which way to prepare and like them,but I just cannot gag them down.. except for squash and seafood, I love every vegetable and fruit,, not these,, I see people enjoying them, but it is just one of those things,, you all eat these, and I will eat your share of asparagus!!!!!! - 7/4/2012   12:19:30 PM
  • 4
    I just used them in my pasta salad that I'm bringing to a bonfire today! I LOVE artichoke hearts! (I made a secret side salad for myself of just the artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, and roasted red peppers for a lower calorie option. NOM.) - 7/4/2012   11:04:15 AM
  • 3
    Planning to grill an entire artichoke today! I suggest everyone try a whole artichoke at least. - 7/4/2012   10:28:09 AM
  • KOMTRIA
    2
    I add them to my spaghetti sauce along with mushrooms, green pepper, green olives, onions, garlic, balsamic vinegar. - 7/4/2012   10:11:53 AM
  • 1
    If you've never tried these, you don't know what you're missing! Yummy! - 7/4/2012   10:02:07 AM

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