Raw memories! – Simplement cru!

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L’une de mes crudités préférées. Un peu de beurre, un peu de sel et mes souvenirs d’enfance reviennent à la vie…

One of my favorites things to eat raw. A little bit of butter, a little bit of salt and all my childhood memories come back to life…

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  1. Wow I never knew you could it them raw!

  2. terrepruitt says:

    Artichoke fresh and raw? Huh. I didn’t know. Interesting.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Just make sure you get small ones. The big ones are too tough to be eaten that way…

      1. terrepruitt says:

        Yes, I saw your advice to others. I was at the Farmers Market this weekend and I saw some. They were tiny, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy it to try it raw. I should have. But I didn’t. Maybe next weekend if they have them. 🙂

  3. Sofia says:

    We can eat this raw?? My goodness why didn’t I know about this before. Thank you for getting me out of my ignorance as I love artichokes but hardly ever make them myself because I think its too complicated….

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Just make sure they are the small kind. The bigger ones are too tough to eat raw 🙂

  4. ciao! such satisfying memories…artichokes are just delicious and favorites. your photo is mouthwatering 🙂 where did you find them?

    1. My French Heaven says:

      At the Farmers’ market. They are delicious indeed especially when locally grown…

  5. Can you believe I have never tried these raw…just cooked. I will have to give this a go on your recommendation my friend.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Make sure you get the small ones (the size of your fist). The big ones are too hard to eat raw 😉

  6. andmorefood says:

    beautiful photo. I’ve never had an artichoke raw, but I love them cooked!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      It has to be small summer artichokes. The big ones are not tender enough…

  7. cathynd95 says:

    My mother never made artichokes. Nor did my grandmother. I’ve only made dips with them, and then I’ve used canned hearts for that. They are such a pretty edible, but I have no idea how to prep them and what parts to eat vs. what parts to throw away.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Just keep the center. Throw away all the leaves and the stuff inside that looks like blond hair. Only eat the yellow/white “meat at the centre either raw or boiled with vinaigrette. If they are organic, you can drink the water you boiled them in. It is great for the liver… 😉

      1. cathynd95 says:

        I will need to give that a try.

  8. Olivia May says:

    I will eat it raw next time.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Buy the small ones, they are more tender! 😉

  9. I would not know where to buy these fresh 😦 Might also have to plant them in the garden 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      They are a GREAT plant to have in the garden. They take a long time to grow, but once they do, you’ll get those incredible cobalt blue flowers…

    2. Do! They were the most striking plant in my garden last year. They’re just a thistle, so they aren’t too picky about where you put them, either. Only thing is: Leave plenty of room!

      1. My French Heaven says:

        Oh I know! They become huge…

  10. dfen911 says:

    One of the most simplistic dishes that has such wonderful flavor.

  11. Clanmother says:

    Isn’t it interesting that our best memories are connected with food and fellowship!! 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      They always are! I think the sense of smell plays a big role here. It always triggers my memories “It smells like home. It smells like mom’s cooking. It smells like roasted chestnuts in October…”

  12. lolarugula says:

    Oh I love, love, love artichokes and I’m with you on just a bit of butter and salt; that’s all they really need to make them shine. I especially like them cold the next day, after I’ve grilled or steamed them…is that weird? 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I love them any way I can get them! 😉

  13. When I was a kid living in France, we ate those with a simple vinaigrette (oil, vinegar) or lemon. My favorite crudité to eat with butter and salt is radishes 🙂 MMmmm… des bons radis du jardin.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Tu as bien raison!! Rien de tel que les bons radis du jardin… 😉

  14. acflory says:

    I have artichokes growing in my garden. The have self-seeded for two years in a row now. 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      That’s fantastic! I used to have some in the garden but would never eat them because I loved their flowers too much 🙂

      1. acflory says:

        They are beautiful aren’t they? Mine are a sort of purple that looks so pretty. I always leave 1 flower per plant as a compromise.

        1. My French Heaven says:

          That is the way to go 😉

  15. Mmm! I love artichokes! One of the best foods ever!

  16. Wouldn’t life be grand if all thistles were artichokes?


    1. My French Heaven says:

      We call it the poor people dish as you have more in your plate after you eat it than before 🙂

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