Since I was a young kid, I have always enjoyed artichokes. I liked them because, unlike everything else I ate, they did not require a fork (and obviously the melted butter too!). Now I make artichokes often. My kids now enjoy them for the very same reasons. It was not until I was a grown-up that I learned the proper way to trim them. Life changer. A simple technique, but your family will thank you for not getting poked by the prickly tips anymore.