One can purchase artichokes year round. They are at their peak in the Fall and Spring season. Ms. Goofy and I were browsing the massive produce isle of the Berkeley Bowl West when we spied these extra colossal globes. We could not resist and purchased a few for dinner.
Artichokes are simple to prepare. A sharp knife will cut the stem and top off. A few of the smaller leaves from the bottom will be removed. A good washing and then plunged into a salted boiling pot of water is the next step. It is a good idea to put some type of acid such as lemon, limes, or vinegar to prevent discoloring. I used limes to preserve the color and add a little lime kick. (We have a big lime tree in the backyard). This huge globe took 45 minutes to cook. When a knife easily goes through the artichoke heart or when the leaves pull easily from the body your artichoke is done. We served this with some mayonnaise to dip the leaves in. Once we finished with the leaves we were left with a massive heart. The heart has an almost meat like taste. It was delicious!!!!!!!!!!