How to Trim an Artichoke
By Brett Moore, About.com Guide
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Step One: Cleaning the Artichoke.
Before doing any trimming, first wash the artichoke thoroughly. Hold the artichoke under cold running water. Rinse in between the leaves without pulling on them. Turn the artichoke upside down (stem side up) and give a good shake. Dry the artichoke with a clean towel.