BOSTON (CBS) – While many chefs may find the long-stemmed artichoke intimidating, Fresh Grocer Tony Tantillo has some tips for making the most of this seemingly impenetrable vegetable.

Primarily found in specialty markets, long-stemmed artichokes are worth a try if you come across them.  Most people are only familiar with the hearts, but the sweet, nutty flavor of the stem is incredible.

Cut the stem off, and use a knife to shave off the top layer.  Then cut the stem into little pieces and use in a stir-fry or salad.  The artichoke itself is best boiled or grilled.

The Fresh Grocer, Tony Tantillo, has more:

When selecting artichokes in the market, make sure the leaves are close together.  The stem should be a little bit tender and free of any browning.

Store your artichokes in the fridge, but enjoy them within two or three days so they stay fresh.

You can watch Tony weekdays at noon on WBZ-TV.


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