Artichokes are a versatile food, and although some would consider them a vegetable, they are actually an unusual variety of thistle. For their healing purposes, there are associated benefits of protecting against various forms of cancer, bolstering immune system strength, lowering cholesterol, and protect against diseases such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

Artichokes have also long been famous for detoxifying the body and improving the health of the liver and aiding in digestive issues like indigestion and IBS. Furthermore, this miraculous little thistle can reduce blood pressure, eliminate hangovers, and stimulate urination.

With so many health benefits there is no wonder that the Ayurveda medicine is using the artichokes in many recipes like the one below. Inspired from About Life, the healthy dip below could contribute to lowering cholesterol, protect and support liver function, increase bile production and prevent gallstones.


  • 4 artichokes, washed and cleaned
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 TSP grated ginger and the juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 TSP olive oil, 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 TSP tahini, 2 TSP fresh parsley chopped
  • salt, pepper and/or chilli to taste


  • Cook the artichokes. Learn how to do it with this easy to follow video.
  • Drain and place the artichokes in a food processor.
  • Add all the other ingredients.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Best eaten on the day.


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