Season: July to August
Description: Artichokes provide vitamin A and C, which are antioxidants that may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Vitamin A helps maintain eye health. Vitamin C helps protect skin from bruising, helps heal cuts and keeps gums healthy. Eating foods with vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Artichoke hearts also provide fiber which helps control cholesterol and keeps you regular.
Selection: Select heavy, plump whole artichoke heads with leaves closed tight. Be sure to pull back one leaf to check for black blemishes. During the winter, white or bronze color and blistered appearance has no effect on quality.
Storing: If purchased fresh, refrigerate whole artichoke in plastic bag for up to one week. Take care to keep try to prevent mold growth. Artichoke hearts can also be purchased canned or frozen.