Robbie Sigona’s Produce Tips: Artichokes
- Artichokes should have tight and closed leaves.
- A telltale sign of a fresh artichoke is that the leaves will make a squeaky sound when gently squeezed.
- As with any good fruit or vegetable they should feel heavy for their size. Light airy artichokes have less meat and are usually old.
- Frost-kissed artichokes have better flavor – although the black marks on their leaves, created by frost, may not be so pretty, there’s nothing wrong with them. Cold weather (and frost) make for better tasting artichokes.
- They should have a fresh clean cut stem end.
- Refrigerate, unwashed, in a plastic bag with a paper towel to absorb moisture for up to 5 days.
Robbie Sigona is our produce buyer. He works with local farmers and scours the market for the very best in fresh fruits and vegetables — some you won’t find anywhere else.