Love 'em. But..they take forever to steam. So..I googled and tried the microwave after reading that it only takes 10 minutes for a nice artichoke to be ready to chow on. 1 medium artichoke. Cut top off about an inch or so down. Put leaf side DOWN in microwaveable container, butt UP. Add about half an inch of water with a squirt of lemon. Salt if desired. Cover firmly with saran wrap. Nuke 10 minutes. Insert fork in butt. If soft and bottom leaves pull of easily, its done. And it was. I enjoyed every scrape of my teeth on those leaves and scarfed down the heart. Which begs the question...who the HELL discovered how to eat an artichoke..that you can only scrape the meat off the leaves, then remove the fuzz and eat the heart? Did some roman experiment or something???