If halved, remove hairy choke from heart by using a teaspoon or melon-baller and discard; rub flesh with lemon. If the recipe calls for whole artichoke hearts, gently pry the leaves open a little, insert a melon-baller and gently remove hairy choke from heart.
How to prepare artichokes
Cooking with artichokes isn't as daunting as their prickly
appearance might suggest - these delicious treasures are highly
prized and easily prepared. For more information on how to prepare
artichokes, check out our artichoke