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How to Store Artichoke

General How to Store Artichoke Info

Starting with the freshest artichokes will lengthen its shelf life and help maintain good flavor. Select ones that are heavy and firm with a compact center, and sporting a healthy green color.

Short Term Artichoke Storage

Store fresh unwashed artichokes in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator for 1 week.

Cooked artichokes can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 4 days.

Long Term Artichoke Storage

To freeze whole cooked artichokes: Blanch artichokes in a mixture of 1/2 cup lemon juice or 1 tablespoon ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to 2 quarts of water to keep the globes from darkening. Blanch small artichokes for 3 to 5 minutes and medium for 7 minutes. Drain completely, wrap tightly in foil and pack in plastic freezer bags or other airtight containers for 6 to 8 months.

Do not freeze or can raw artichokes: freezing turns the flesh black and destroys texture and flavor; canning turns artichokes mushy.

Artichokes can be pickled.

Artichoke Side Notes

The artichoke is a member of the thistle group of the sunflower family.

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