Many folks look at this strange vegetable choice, see those forbidding thorns, and keep walking. Those who do stop to look at them often have no clue how to prepare them. Artichokes are a delicious and healthy vegetable, but are seasonal, so they are only available for a short time each year. Grab them up when they are available! Take care when handling them as you prepare them. The heart of the artichoke is worth the risk of a poke.