How to prepare globe artichokes

With globe artichokes readily available and maybe even growing in your garden I thought it would be a good idea to show you how to prepare them !
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Firstly pull the fibrous leaves from the stalk end of the artichoke until reach the pale base. Rub liberally with lemon juice as you go to stop it going brown.

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Once done, cut the stalk off as close to the base as possible using a sharp knife.

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Now cut the the top off the artichoke leaving about 2 inches on the base .

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The next task is to trim around the base/heart of the artichoke to remove all of the petals but keep a good shape. Liberally rub with lemon juice.

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With the artichoke heart now taking shape the last job is to remove the choke!
This can been scraped out with a teaspoon, again rub liberally with lemon juice.

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The artichoke is now ready to be cooked. If you are not cooking them immediately then store in water and lemon juice to stop them browning .

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