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Why is the artichoke considered one of the noblest vegetables?

by Carmine Rizzo 27 Oct 2022
The main characteristics of the artichoke are its high concentration of fibre and vitamin C. Its consumption is recommended in the winter period because it supplies us with nutrients such as potassium, mineral salts, manganese and silicon that help our nervous system and the formation of connections between nerve cells.

How healthy is it to eat it, especially for those suffering from metabolic disorders?

Artichoke has a large amount of vitamin K, which greatly enhances the absorption of calcium and mineral salts. Artichoke consumption is therefore also recommended for those suffering from ailments such as osteoporosis, fragile capillaries and joint problems.

Is it true that artichoke helps digestion? Are there ailments that can be cured with this vegetable?

Artichoke consumption stimulates diuresis and peristalsis. Moreover, being a vegetable rich in vitamin C, it is recommended to eat it at night before going to sleep because this content greatly aids the production of collagen, which reduces wrinkled skin and signs of skin ageing.

The Origins Of The Artichoke

In Homer's time, artichokes were already a staple food in ancient Greece. The ancient Egyptians ate them to aid digestion and to relieve menstrual pain. In Spain, it is customary to eat an artichoke with every glass of wine because it is believed to prevent intoxication and to encourage sobriety by aiding urination!

The history of these delicious vegetables can be traced back thousands of years, when Aristotle was experimenting with different plants that would grow better in his homeland during the winter months and this included our favourite vegetable: the artichoke! It originated mainly in Italy and southern Europe, but later spread to parts of southern Africa; countries such as France became popular producers mainly because its climate mirrored those regions much better than others

What does the artichoke symbolise?

The artichoke symbolises fertility and is a powerful aphrodisiac. The fact that its thorns resemble Christ's crown makes it the perfect food for Holy Week, which celebrates his resurrection.

What are the properties of artichokes in cooking?

Artichokes can be cooked in a thousand ways: they can be cooked, they are also eaten raw or many salads are prepared, but the real delicacy is in oil.

How to avoid the negative effects of artichokes?

Foods rich in vitamin C during pregnancy can produce anaemia because vitamin C interferes with the absorption of minerals.

So: eat artichoke at least two hours after eating dairy products and shellfish.

What if you experience discomfort such as abdominal itching?

Artichoke is a plant that promotes diuresis, so it can be useful to alleviate discomfort caused by a heavy stomach. Artichoke with its antiseptic properties helps prevent intestinal infection and has an anti-inflammatory action on the digestive tract. It can be added to salads or cooked in a pan with a little oil as a side dish.

What are the virtues of the original fried artichoke recipe?

Rich in water and fibre, it is therefore an excellent support for the digestive system and abdominal cramps. Remember that the heart of the leaves is much more concentrated in calcium than the outer leaves, so you should only cut the part you want to use without touching the centre with the thorns.

So, what better time to eat it?

The artichoke is an excellent side dish, especially in the company of potatoes and a drizzle of olive oil. For all those people who do not like the strong taste of vegetables, it is an ideal dish because it can also be cooked with other ingredients; truly a symbol of the cold season!


Be very careful if you have gallstones. Consuming this vegetable can worsen them and cause blockages or obstructions in the bile duct, leading to painful colic.

These vegetables are so good for you that they should be illegal! Besides being rich in fibre and nutrients such as folate, vitamin C or potassium, these vegetables also contain oligosaccharides that have a very high fermentation capacity. This is because the enzymes that break down polysaccharides cannot do their job when they come into contact with the indigestible cellulose found in the cell walls of plants. Consuming them whole will only leave more of this cellulose intact, making digestion less efficient than if they were eaten as a puree.

The advice I would like to give here is to eat these vegetables 'pureed' rather than whole because of its beneficial effects mentioned earlier such as having excellent storage capacity and containing enough minerals needed by our body

How many artichokes can you eat per day?

Artichokes are rich in fibre and nutrients that can help with cholesterol, cardiovascular health, coughs and also contain a lot of iron. Eating the recommended 250 grams per day (about two cups) will give you tangible benefits!

Artichoke contains many vitamins and minerals that make it beneficial for heart health and other issues such as calming respiratory problems like coughs or helping to lower high blood pressure levels. To reap these benefits, however, you should eat an average of 2-3 artichokes each time you want to enjoy this tasty vegetable.
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