It blooms like a flower but it’s eaten like a vegetable. Artichokes are unusual, exciting and special. They’re thistles, and yes, they do have thorns, but humans have mustered the courage to eat them for thousands of years. Artichokes are low in fat while rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Particularly high in folate and vitamins C and K, they also supply important minerals, such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron. One medium artichoke contains almost 7 grams of fiber, which is a whopping 23–28% of the reference daily intake (RDI). These delicious thistles come with only 60 calories per medium artichoke and around 4 grams of protein — above average for a plant-based food. To top it off, artichokes rank among the most antioxidant-rich of all vegetables. Take advantage of the opportunity to introduce consumers to something new, Include artichokes as appetizers and entrees on your menu. Artichokes can be served with nearly any entrée. They complement meat, seafood and poultry. Artichoke is a tasty addition to soups and stews; Baby artichokes make interesting and tasty appetizers. Include artichoke dip as an appetizer offering, Include artichoke hearts on salad bars. And Consider using artichoke hearts as a topping for pizza.