Ugly Foods For
Ugly Foods For Health. The Artichoke I know, I know, some of
us do not even touch the stuff, but it does have its redeeming
qualities, hidden, but there (insert smile).
Food as medicine is a common practice in China, in fact this
is a popular saying - "Treat an illness first with food. Only
if this fails should medicine be prescribed." This was quoted
as being said by Sun Simao, who is a court physician in the
Eileen Yin-Fei Lo of The Chinese Kitchen found this quote.
Why shouldnt this food plant have a useful purpose? It may not
be much to look at, and many people are quite puzzled as to how
to prepare it, or cook it, or even eat it; but there has to be
some reason for its existence.
There is if you look at some of the properties of the plant.
Globe Artichokes (cynar scolymus) and similar varieties are
naturally high in fiber; contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, and
potassium. The artichoke has been used for many medicinal
purposes including: for those suffering from liver or
gallbladder ailments, used to decrease cholesterol and
triglyceride levels for those of us watching those levels, it
can be used when you have a loss of appetite, and also for
those suffering from indigestion.
In Europe the medical condition known as dyspepsia (an
inadequate flow of bile) is treated using artichoke leaf.
Apparently there are studies that show that the leaf of the
artichoke stimulates the flow of bile that is useful for those
who suffer from this condition.
How to prepare and eat it: The artichoke is a vegetable and
when preparing to cook it you actually end up cutting away
approximately 5 - 10 mm of the stem and about 1/4 of each stem.
Most prepare it by either boiling or steaming