|Posted on March 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM|
The Romans loved artichokes so much the preserved them in syrup to be eaten throughout the year!
I discovered artichokes several years ago and was delighted. I love foods that engage your senses, like the artichoke. Eating an artichoke is very tactile and sensual. They have been considered an aphrodisiac...
I love to mix lemon juice, minced garlic and olive oil, and dip the little leaves in this. It's simple (and anti inflammatory!). And DELICIOUS!
Artichokes are known as a 'food for the rich' as it helps reduce the problems with a rich diet, and have been used since ancient times for conditions of the liver, gallbladder and bladder as well as for 'cleaning the blood.' The Egyptians prized it as a health and diet food. Artichoke is very high in fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, and phosporous. It is a thistle and helps the liver like other thistles (blessed thistle, in particular).
Apparently, the anti-oxidant levels in artichoke are among the highest for vegetables. They have properties that help prevent cancer. Not only good for gall bladder and liver, they are also a diuretic. They are very high in fiber and help the liver detox and help lower cholesterol...