Artichoke: How to Select, Store and Serve

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Learn how to select and store artichokes + delicious artichoke recipes!

Do you avoid fresh artichokes in the produce department because you find them intimidating? Once you learn how to select, store, and serve artichokes, you’ll find that they are actually quite approachable, even for novice cooks.

How to Select Artichokes

The most important thing to look for when selecting artichokes are leaves (actually called bracts) that are tightly packed. When you squeeze an artichoke, a fresh one will give off a little squeak. If instead the artichoke feels squishy when squeezed, it’s past its peak freshness.  The leaves should be vibrant green in color.

Artichoke sizes vary. Big or small, just be sure to choose ones that are heavy for their size. Keep in mind that larger artichoke take longer to cook.

How to Store Artichokes

Artichokes are best when eaten right away. However, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to seven days. Before you put them in the fridge, slice a small sliver off of the stem (about a dime’s width), sprinkle the stem end with water, and then wrap it in a plastic bag.

Leftover cooked artichokes can be stored covered in the refrigerator — just be sure to cool then completely before storing. They will keep for up to five days this way. Reheat in the microwave or the oven.

How to Serve Artichokes

Instant Pot Artichokes 

Steam artichokes or sauté artichoke hearts in your Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Artichokes | Steaming and Sautéing Artichokes in the Instant Pot

Crockpot Artichokes

A fool-proof way to steam artichokes!

How to Cook Crockpot Artichokes

Grilled Cheese and Artichoke Sandwich

Elevate a grilled cheese sandwich with artichokes!

Grilled Cheese and Artichoke Sandwich
For more great artichoke recipes, follow our Artichoke Pinterest Board. 

Do you love artichokes? What’s your favorite way to prepare fresh artichokes? Let us know in the comments below, or tag us in your produce photos on Instagram @theproducemoms. 

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About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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  1. i bought a pack of artichoke chunks….chilled/frozen…. how might i serve/eat them, eg heat up, etc? thanks!