For a long time I used to look at Globe Artichokes whilst my mind boggled; in a restaurant when presented with a whole large uncooked Artichoke on a plate, I was even more boggled. If you still feel that way, here's an easy guide.
First, acquire your bunch of small fresh new-season Artichokes.
Select the little darling to be prepared.
Remove the lower part of the stem, and any large or small leaves along the remaining length.
Cut off, and throw away, the upper half of the flower, and remove lower leaves all the way round, until the interior becomes paler.
Plunge immediately into a mix of water and Lemon juice, to deter oxidising; then boil for about 20/30 mins.
Leave to cool, then serve with vinaigrette. Almost all of your Artichokes will now be edible; any bits that are not can go to the compost along with all those trimmings!
N.B.The preparation, and eating, of LARGE fully-grown Artichokes is quite different. Maybe another day....