This is an edible plant which consists of many leaves which make up the 'head' of the artichoke. At the base of each leaf is a fleshy part which is edible. Within the core lies the artichoke heart and this is also edible. Marinated artichokes can be eaten as they are or added to dishes such as pizza, risottos or dips to make a tasty meal or snack. Artichokes are high in vitamin C, dietary fibre and also magnesium. They are also low in carbohydrates.