Artichoke hearts are the inside of the artichoke plant. The inside, once prepared, is light and tender.
Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to artichokes include a skin rash, hives, severe itching, swelling around the mouth and throat, trouble breathing and difficulty swallowing. A severe allergic reaction can become a medical emergency if it leads to anaphylaxis and shock, so take caution if you have allergies to other plants. In the event of an allergic reaction after consuming artichoke hearts, contact your allergist (Livestrong, 2012).
Artichoke hearts are used in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. They go great on pizzas, mixed into a stir-fry, or served with buttered chicken.
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