They're artichokes!

Picture of artichokes.

What are they?

Artichokes are in the same plant family as sunflowers. The part people eat is actually a bud of the plant.

Why should you care?

They're tasty and good for you. Artichokes are a good source of vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and fiber.

How do you eat artichokes?

They're usually steamed, boiled, or microwaved. Baby artichokes also can be sauteed or stir-fried.

Anything weird about artichokes?

A full-size artichoke isn't fully edible. You can't eat much of the petal — only the fleshy portion at the base. You can eat the middle, which is called the heart, but not the fuzzy center!

How can I find out more about healthy eating?

The Food Guide Pyramid

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