Of course with our garage in disarray and our tools everywhere, I couldn't find our garden shears, so I improvised
The kitchen knife ended up working quite well actually
I followed the directions (that I didn't know at the time but looked up later - I know, quite responsible), by cutting the artichoke about 1"-3" down from the fruited plant
After about 5 minutes I had cut off 5 plants
I left the GIANT one because it had already started opening too much and I wanted to see what the flower would look like.
There is VERY little meat to eat as the leaves are pretty tough :( and there isn't a lot of flavor (although later there is a much more intense sweet after taste than with store bought ones. At least, that's what I thought, Chris seemed to think I was crazy).
Does anyone know how we can remedy this? I was so excited to have artichokes to eat, but they're really not tasty. I'd like to figure out if we're doing something wrong or if there's some way we can make them more tender so there is more meat to eat off of them (and they were cooked all the way because the leaves were coming off of the plant extremely easily).
Any suggestions are GREATLY appreciated!!!!