Actually the bud from a thistle-like plant, globe artichokes are high in fibre, folate and potassium, and supply a surprising amount of vitamin C as well. Fresh herbs and sun-dried tomatoes add a delicious twist to these sauteed treats.
When artichokes are first picked, much of their carbohydrate is in the form of inulin, which is an indigestible starch. With time, though, the inulin is converted to sugar. That's why it's hard to be specific about kilojoule counts when it comes to artichokes, but they're always quite low.