Artichokes take a bit of prep work, but their smooth texture and delicate flavor make them well worth the effort. Need more convincing? These edible relatives of the thistle are rich in antioxidants. To reap maximum benefit, be sure to eat the tender parts of the leaves as well as the heart.
This Italian antipasto is filled with artichokes, roasted peppers and pepperoncini- all tossed together in a salad with an oregano-cheese dressing.