The market at the Rialto in Venice has mountains of artichokes for sale when the season is right, and the market traders will happily prepare them for you, saving trouble and time. Frozen artichoke hearts are widely available and avoid a lot of work, but they simply don’t have the same intense flavour of the fresh vegetable. Although learning to prepare them for cooking might be hard work the first few times you try, it soon becomes easy.
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