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Is something wrong with my artichoke if the inside of the leaves have brown dots/bumps on them?

Asked by emilyrose (2251 points ) August 11th, 2008

I noticed as I was checking to see if it was done that there are a bunch of dots. Should I eat it? I just bought it an hour ago.

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DrasticDreamer's avatar

It’s normal for it to have some spots. They could be bruised or just a little bit of natural discoloration. I’ve eaten artichokes which have had the little brown specks on them and I was fine afterward.

Can you scrape the bumps off or do they wipe away if you touch them? If so, and this is gross, they could be little bugs or poop from the bugs. If they’re actually part of the leaf though, I wouldn’t worry too much about it, as long as the rest of the leaf has a pretty nice green color.

emilyrose's avatar

i ate if. if you never see me on here again you’ll know not to eat spotted artichokes!

gailcalled's avatar

@Emily: only buy the baby ones (in season.) The big old ones are woody and tasteless and not worth any money or energy.

marinelife's avatar

I wouldn’t have. I think you are safe, but it is a quality issue.

emilyrose's avatar

I’m still alive!

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