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When you are ready to trim your artichokes, fill a large bowl with cold water. Halve a lemon and squeeze one half into the bowl and toss in the spent lemon half, too, for good measure. Use the other half of the lemon to rub the cut surfaces of the artichoke as you cut them. The lemon will keep the artichoke from browning.(Credit: Fotolia)

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How to clean and trim an artichoke

April sees the start of artichoke season and, with it, the plummeting of prices at your local market. Don't be afraid to partake just because these prickly guys can seem intimidating. Follow these steps and trimming an artichoke is far from painful.