National Artichoke Hearts Day:
Celebrated annually on the 16th of March, National Artichoke Hearts Day is a day to celebrate the rich properties of this delicious plant, which was one of the oldest food known to mankind.
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Why National Artichoke Hearts Day?
Artichokes may or may not be the most known food across the globe, but it is no doubt a great healthy snack to freshen up your mood by its delicious taste. Its taste is independent of the way you cook them. You can do anything with it; either you can fry them or steam them or can use it as a stuffing for making delicious stuffed dishes. Artichokes are cooked in varied traditional methods across the globe, such as artichoke hearts dipped in oil are a tradition in Italy; in Spain, it gets mixed with rice for paella; completely fried in Rome and stuffed with ground lamb and mouth-watering species in the Middle East.
Although artichoke is a plant, only its flower buds are used in the food preparation, and that too before the flowers start blooming. Anyone fond of natural vegetation and nature’s beauty can be a fan of this beautiful flower’s beautiful looks. Because of their beautiful looks, they are popularly used as a design on the fabrics, and along with that, it is also used as a decorative material as its looks are quite enough to glorify even a simple-looking bowl. Even they are also used at the flower shops as cut flowers. So no doubt, artichoke with its bright purple flowers is a great option for enhancing the beauty of your garden space.
Along with its independence of cooking style and beautiful look, artichoke possesses another very important property: its unique health benefits, which gives it a bonus point compared to its counterparts. They are probably one of the most antioxidant rich vegetables containing unique antioxidants, which are a boon for boosting liver health and even fighting against the most dangerous disease such as cancer. Along with that, they are also rich in Vitamin C, folate, and magnesium, which makes it an ideal food to have at any time of the day without worrying about any health concerns. Everyone loves this delicious member of the sunflower family.
How Can We Observe National Artichoke Hearts Day?
- Every meal deserves an Artichoke.
No one can have a doubt either on the delicious taste or the health benefits of an artichoke. So why not use it in every meal of the day for at least one day a year. Let’s make delicious dishes with the help of an artichoke, such as artichoke frittata for breakfast, artichoke with salad for lunch, or any other ingredient for dinner.
- Have an artichoke gathering
Call everyone on your phone dial and invite them for a delicious dinner consisting of delicious dishes made with artichoke. You can either ask all of them to bring their version of artichoke or can prepare different dishes altogether in your own kitchen.
- Have some Cynar Cocktail
Italian things are often considered to be the classiest, and so here we have an Italian liqueur named Cynar, which is made from a mixture of 13 herbs with artichoke as the dominator. Cynar can be drunk in any way as per your choice. So let’s have the classiest version of artichoke on this National Artichoke Hearts Day.
- Get Social
In a world where everyone is a part of a huge social network, it won’t be good not to share your beautiful memories of this day across your social media platforms. Use #NationalArtichokeHeartsDay in your post and stories and celebrate this foodie holiday with the world.
Interesting Facts Of National Artichoke Hearts Day:
To enrich your public gatherings on the National Artichoke Hearts Day, here we have some interesting facts for you which you can flaunt with surety.
- The first reference of artichoke can be found in the writings of Greek philosopher Theophrastus, who writes about its presence in Sicily and Italy.
- The civilizations around the Mediterranean, i.e., the Romans & the Greeks, enjoy artichoke in abundance.
- It derived its name from the word ‘articiocco,’ which is itself a variation of the northern Italian variation of the old Spanish word ‘alcarchofa.’
- It has shown its presence in an episode of the program “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” where Muriel asks the computer whether he tried artichoke syrup soup or not.
- California is the largest producer of the artichoke and hence known as the artichoke capital of the world.
History Of National Artichoke Hearts Day:
The origin and founders of National Artichoke Hearts Day are still unknown to the world, but I can say this with surety that whoever he or she would have been must be quite fond of this delicious and healthy snack. So bring or plant some artichoke in your house and delight yourself with this delicious treat.