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...

So delicious!

Categories: Recipes

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