I have always found artichokes a suspicious sort of vegetable. I didn't eat it growing up at home, it doesn't look like any other vegetable, and the eating method is weirdd. All in all, artichokes just seems somewhat foreign. Even though it tastes good.
But Foodgoat likes them, so when I saw the purple artichokes at the market, I thought I'd give them a whirl. I trimmed both ends (no easy feat, they're kind of tough) and steamed them for a full 40 minutes. We pretended they were French baguettes and dipped each leaf in olive oil and balsamic vinegar before sucking off the edible parts.
Apparently purple artichokes don't taste any different from the greener kinds, but they went well with crabcakes and root beer.