During the summer months I like to take advantage of the greater variety of fresh vegetables and fruits available at local markets. An artichoke strung on a stainless steel food skewer makes a great foraging toy and a wonderful item to put out in the aviary. You can stuff the leaves with a variety of fruits and vegetables:
- Slices of fresh corn
- Sugar snap peas
- Strawberries or Blueberries
- Cantaloupe or Watermelon
- Broccoli and Carrots
- Anything you find fresh and plentiful at the market.
Artichokes have sharp thorns at the end of the leaves. More often than not these are trimmed by the grocer before putting them out to sell. If you do get one with sharp thorns still attached, they are easy to trim. Cut the thorny tips of the leaves off with a pair of kitchen shears.