With every tear of the artichoke's petals, eaters are greeted with the rich, sweet, almost creamy fruit of the artichoke's heart. It is this inherent sweetness and depth of flavor that give the artichoke such character, and makes it so perfect in any springtime dish.
Divine simply boiled or steamed and served with a mayonnaise or butter dipping sauce, the artichoke's delicate earthy flavors also play perfectly against an assortment of other ingredients in many seasonal recipes.
In honor of this seasonal treat, we've gathered our five favorite artichoke recipes from the What's Cookin' database.
What's your favorite way to prepare the dainty vegetable? Let us know in the comments below.