I am clearly beyond a little late to the artichoke party, but I only discovered artichokes in 2009. Previously I would avoid them because they looked rather unappealing. I gave them a try at a Greek restaurant one day on a total whim and now I can't stop eating them! On pizzas, with lentils, in stews, with pasta, etc. I love artichokes!
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