Close up image of artichokesThe artichokes this season have been delicious and the season is still going strong. We love them on the grill or steamed, and this Tarragon-Lemon Aioli makes a great dipping sauce.

Originally brought here by the Italians, all US artichokes are grown in California. Fresh artichokes should feel heavy for their size and have fleshy, green leaves. Scars and blistering from the frost do not indicate a lack of freshness and will not affect flavor.

Learn the ins and outs of steaming artichokes here. And check out our recipe for this perfect buttery dipping sauce.

Butter Dipping Sauce with Lemon and Thyme
Use this dipping sauce right away while the butter is still melted.

1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter or ghee
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Sea salt and ground black or white pepper to taste


In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, thyme leaves, and fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and ground pepper.

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