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When I got home, I realized I needed more info, and went online for recipes. Most recommended boiling, one-inch pieces, for 15 minutes. I followed the Indian woman's suggestions and the online recipes. Fifteen minutes did nothing to soften the outer shell but it left the inner flesh translucent and edible (otherwise it is too bitter to eat).
I picked up a piece, placed it between my teeth, and pulled. It was just like eating artichoke leaves, and it tasted a bit like artichoke mixed with asparagus. Next time though, I'll leave the cooking to Taste Of India Restaurant on Okeechobee Blvd, in West Palm Beach.