This plant is grown for its edible flowers. The flowers are harvested before they open and boiled for 5-10 minutes. Copious amounts of garlic butter are normally consumed with artichokes, whether poured over or used as a dip. The soft fleshy base of the bracts (petals) are eaten one by one as you work your way to the tender heart. Be sure to remove the choke, before enjoying the tender heart.