have been eating artichokes only for a few years now and from what I gather the choke is the inedible part - i.e. it is to be discarded. but I have noticed that mostly all the canned artichokes that we get in the market leave the choke intact. it might be obvious in this case due to the weight of the product. but the thing that disturbs me is that eateries (like Baci) and restaurants that serve artichokes - in sandwiches and all - seem to be serving with the choke intact. I haven't found an answer yet whether its ok to eat the choke or not. And if we consume - like I have - what potential harm could it cause?