Category - hairy
The choke in the middle will become the blossom, and the spiny leaves of the exterior support and protect the flower. The large outer leaves, tender heart and firm bottom are all tasty even the stem can be peeled and eaten. The choke itself is a light and fibrous area in the middle of the artichoke, tightly surrounded by the clustered leaves. Eventually, you will reach the choke, which is the undeveloped flower at the center. Remove and discard the choke by scraping a teaspoon along the top of the choke. If youve never eaten an artichoke before, this strange vegetable may present some unique challenges when you finally try to prepare or eat one. The other parts of the artichoke -- the actual leaves, the hairy stuff at the bottom, the stem, etc. We really enjoyed altons preparation of whole artichokes, especially since neither of us had eaten on in years. the jerusalem artichoke belongs to the sunflower family and it is the plants underground tubers that are eaten. You can see how the bracts are starting to open up and the choke is more prominent with a tinge of purple. Mature buds can be eaten as well, though they require more work to remove the hairy choke. Cut the artichoke in half, and take out the hairy fibrous choke with a spoon. Brush the cut side with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place the artichoke cut side down on the grill and cook over a medium-hot fire for about 5-6 minutes until browned and grill marks appear.