The closest thing I can think of is avocado - kind of a creamy, mild "green" flavor.
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3/24/10 4:50 P
I wholeheartedly agree with LCBAMC.
I LOVE artichokes, love them, love them.
But I cannot stand the ones in jars, the marinated artichoke hearts. They're so mushy and bland. Ick. I pick them out of everything when I can't avoid them in the first place.
Now, you get a whole artichoke, cook that up ... THAT is delicious. It has a smooth, buttery texture. Hard to describe the flavor, but it's delicious ... especially if you don't drown it in oil and spices and who knows what else most restauarants do that makes you taste the "stuff" and not the artichoke.
Canned ones are AMAZING.. i add them to whole wheat pasta with marinara, capers, lemon juice and fresh garlic...so tasty and great for u.. hard to say what they taste like..buy em and try em out.. kinda pickly i guess??? get canned with NO OIL tho!
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152 3/24/10 4:43 P
Just a note there is a large difference between cooked whole artichoke and the hearts you buy in the store.
I suggested marinated for a first timer for flavor reasons - that's your choice. If you do go with marinated wash the oil off and try - you get the flavor without all the fat.
I generally don't like vegetables, but I like artichokes. I don't think they are bitter or sour as much as broccoli can be, but beyond that I'm not sure how to explain what they taste like. : ) I like getting canned artichoke hearts--slightly less expensive than a whole artichoke, depending on the season.
thanks! i think ill have to pick up a can or jar next time i go shopping...trying to branch out in the healthy foods arena lol
3/24/10 4:33 P
They taste like artichokes. :)
Don't buy a jar of marinated ones, buy a jar or can of artichoke hearts packed in water. That way you'll taste the actual artichoke and not the marinade. Those won't taste quite as good as cooking a whole one yourself and eating the whole thing, but that can be intimidating for somene who doesn't even know if she'll like the flavor.
For me, they are hands down my absolutely favorite food.
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152 3/24/10 4:30 P
You'll have to try one. Buy a small jar of marinated and taste for yourself. It has a distinct flavor that can't be described well.
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