Beautiful to the eye and pleasing to the palate, artichokes are packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants, ranking number 7 on the USDA's list of top 20 antioxidant-rich foods. The heart has delicious flavor and lost of fiber, but don't forget the tasty leaves for an added vitamin boost. Read more about the amazing health benefits of the artichoke by clicking here

Make them Italian style by toasting breadcrumbs with garlic, olive oil, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, anchovies and stuffing them into the artichoke leaves. steam in a bath of lemon, white wine and water for 20 minutes until tender.