Monday, May 05, 2008

the awesome artichoke

I scored four very reasonably-priced artichokes at the co-op last weekend, and have been devouring them here and there all weekend. Like many, I assume that something that tastes spectacular MUST not be all that good for me . . . so I had to look up nutrition facts for an artichoke. As a vegetable, I assume they are relatively low in calories, but I was more curious about vitamin/mineral content. I discovered, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Artichoke, cooked boiled, salted
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 50 kcal 220 kJ
Carbohydrates 11.95 g
- Sugars 0.99 g
- Dietary fiber 8.6 g
Fat 0.34 g
Protein 2.89 g
Thiamin (Vit. B1) 0.05 mg 4%
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.089 mg 6%
Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.111 mg 1%
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.240 mg 5%
Vitamin B6 0.081 mg 6%
Folate (Vit. B9) 89 μg 22%
Vitamin C 7.4 mg 12%
Calcium 21 mg 2%
Iron 0.61 mg 5%
Magnesium 42 mg 11%
Phosphorus 73 mg 10%
Potassium 276 mg 6%
Zinc 0.4 mg 4%
Manganese 0.225 mg

Sweet! Folate and other B-vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus, a little calcium and iron, fiber, and a little protein, too!

I love veggies.


Anonymous said...

I could eat artichokes everyday, they're such an overlooked veggie!

Anonymous said...

Artichokes are just about the perfect food in my opinion...I love them SO much! Artichokes and watermelon are my favorite foods in the whole world...if I could live off of them I would!

I am so happy that there is another artichoke lover out there too!


J said...

I LOVE artichokes! I've actually never eaten a fresh one though.


Only canned and frozen. I've seen them at the store here in Missouri. I'm going to have to be brave and pick one up!

funwithyourfood said...

artichoke is my FAV veggie... I go on walks with my friend and one of the houses we walk by has artichokes growing.. it takes a lot of will power for me to not take them haha


Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

me too! and especially artichokes. ours turned out fabulous and you were right! they took almost an hour to cook - worth the wait! :)

bazu said...

I can't wait for artichokes to show up at the farmers markets again. Can't wait!