It is difficult to explain in words "what artichoke tastes like", other than saying they are delicious.
In a unique way of their own. You just need to trust yourself and give it a try.
If this is the first time you prepare and eat artichokes, you need to study how it is prepared before cooking them.
1. remove the external petal towards the bottom which are particularly thick and hard. (see the parts with red dots.)
2. cut off the tip (green circle)
3. slice off diagonally so the top part of each petals will be cut off. (see the orange diagonal line, this needs to be repeated all the way around.)
Make sure all the thorny parts of each petals are removed. Now rub the surface with lemon juice.
From here, this is how to make artichoke alla giudia
, very popular Roman dish.
4. take off the fuzzy parts that is lodged inside, then stuff with a mixture of chopped flat leaved parsley, garlic and mint leaves.
Cooking: I use a pressure cooker, with plenty of evoo and white wine with some salt. Put the artichokes face down. Takes about 45minutes to 1 hour, or if you cook in a traditional pot, let it simmer for 2-3 hours covered, checking occasionally to make sure the bottom half is covered with oil/wine mixture.
Eating: The core, the best part can be eaten whole, and with each leaf you sort of need to suck it with your teeth. Can be a bit messy but an uniquely pleasant experience
With the stalks, we use it, after scaling off the surface, grind them in the mixer and make risotto or sauce with them.