Quebec artichoke is available from mid August to the end of October. In the vegetable category, the artichoke wins a medal for its high fiber content!
Did you know that even if artichoke contains very few calories, it does contain carbohydrates, including inulin, which is transformed in the body into directly assimilable natural sugar, which makes it a good source of energy for children and athletes.
Artichoke questions and answers:
Artichoke is a “high” source of fibre
True. A medium artichoke offers nearly 5g of fibre, the equivalent of 2 slices of whole wheat bread!
Summer is the best season to enjoy fresh artichokes
False. Fresh artichoke is available year-round in most major supermarket chains, but spring is when it is at its best (February to May to be precise).
The artichoke contains inulin, a “prebiotic” carbohydrate
True. Certain vegetables such as onions, Jerusalem artichokes and artichokes contain inulin, a soluble fiber not absorbed by the body and qualified as a prebiotic. This would be particularly beneficial for he althintestinal, in particular because it improves the quality of the intestinal flora and stimulates the growth of "good" bacteria.
Here is a delicious recipe presented by IGA
Artichoke and goat cheese flatbread pizza
Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 15 minutes | Servings: 4
Special features: Vegan, Gluten Free and Dairy Free
- 60 ml mayonnaise
- 60 ml basil pesto
- 4 flatbread
- 1 container (113 g) crumbled goat cheese
- 125 ml sliced green olives
- 1 can (398 ml) artichoke hearts in small wedges
- 125 ml chopped walnuts (100 g)
- Arugula (to taste)
- 20 ml olive oil with lemon
- Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F).
- In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise and pesto.
- Place the flatbreads on a baking sheet and spread them with the mayonnaise and pesto mixture.
- Garnish with goat cheese, green olives, artichoke hearts and walnuts.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, garnish with arugula to taste and drizzle with lemon flavored olive oil.
Sources: Mangez Québec- I like fruits and vegetables