My tip: I recommend cooking the artichokes on low heat and slowly for a few hours. This way when they are finished, the leaves pull right off. Yum!
My grandparents always used to make stuffed artichokes when I went to their house as a kid. Even as a kid I ate the leaves! I found a recipe from The Italian Chef website that seems similar to how my grandparents made the artichokes. I tried to make them about a year or two ago, but they were still too hard to eat when I finished cooking them.
The artichokes my Mom made for Easter (above).
Artichokes nutrition facts: contain higher amounts of fiber (6g fiber!), vitamin K, folate, manganese, and contain protein, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and potassium. Artichokes have been shown to be rich in antioxidants that are beneficial for the liver (excellent for detoxifying).