SpokaneMama and Yoke’s Fresh Market have partnered to bring you some family friendly food advice each month. Find out what fruits and vegetables are in season, get food tips, and find a delicious recipe sure to please your hungry family.
Yokes Market knows that children enjoy veggies and fruits. Each month we will highlight those that are currently in season.
Veggies in season include: Pea pods, artichokes and Vidalia onions
Fruits in season include: Limes and apricots
- Choose artichokes that have plump heads with tightly closed leave, heavy for size.
- Pull back an artichoke leaf to check heart for black blemishes.
- To get the most juice out of limes, before cutting, place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, then squeeze away.
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Steamed artichokes are a kid favorite because they are fun to eat.
Recipe: Steamed Artichokes
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Makes 2-4 side dishes.
- 1 quart chicken broth or water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 whole artichokes
- Butter and lemon juice
Season the liquid with salt and pepper bring to a simmer. In the meantime prepare the artichokes. Wash artichokes under cold water. Using a heavy stainless steel knife,cut off the stems close to the base. Pull off the lower petals that are small and tough. Cut off the top inch of the artichoke, if there are thorny tips of the petals trim with kitchen shears. Place the artichokes in the steaming liquid, bottom up. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. The artichokes are done when a knife is inserted into the base and there is no resistance.
To eat, pull off a leaf and scrape the meat off the tender end with your front teeth. (You don’t eat the leaf). Dip the ends of the leaves in lemon juice and melted butter if desired. When you reach the center cone of purple prickly leaves, remove it. This is the choke that protects the heart. Now, scrape away the thistle fuzz covering the artichoke heart. The heart is the meatiest part of the artichoke. Steamed artichokes may be served hot or cold.