Fill a large bowl with fresh water. Squeeze half lemon in the water. Reserve the other half. After cleaning each artichoke, as indicated in my webpage, rub the outside of the artichoke with the rest of the half-lemon and then place the artichoke in the bowl. Placing the artichoke in lemon water will prevent it from discoloring.
Repeat the step until all the artichokes are clean.
Chop the parsley and the garlic very finely and mix them together.Rinse the artichokes in fresh water to remove the lemon flavor, drain well, shake away the excess water, and pat them with a cloth.
Rub the outsides and the insides with salt and pepper.
Insert the mix of parsley and garlic uniformly among the leaves.
Place the artichokes in a large saucepan with stems up and leaves down. Add the extra-virgin olive oil and the water.
Cover the pan, place paper towels between the pan and the lid, closing it as tightly as possible. Steam will form in the pan while the artichokes are cooking. The paper will prevent the steam from escaping and the artichokes will cook uniformly.
Turn the heat to medium and cook for about 20 – 30 minutes. Cooking time may vary, depending on the quality and size of the artichokes. After about 20 minutes test for readiness. When the artichokes are ready, you will be able to easily insert a fork in the thick part of the stem.Uncover the pan and turn the heat to high. Fry artichokes for a few minutes, turning them carefully on all sides, until the outer and bottom leaves of the artichokes are brown. Serve warm with the cooking oil.
Artichokes are good when served warm or lukewarm. If cold, let the artichokes come to room temperature. Avoid warming them for a second time, otherwise their taste will have an unpleasant tang.