Cut off and discard stem end of artichokes. Cut close to the base so the artichokes can stand.
Remove small, tough leaves at the base. Slice an inch off the top of the artichokes and trim the tips of the leaves with kitchen shears.
Set cleaned/trimmed artichokes in 1/2-inch of salted water with a squeeze or two of lemon juice in it. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until you can easily pull a leaf from the artichokes, about 20-30 minutes.
Serve warm with melted butter, mayonnaise or aioli.
Cook's Note: How to eat artichokes-Pull off a leaf and dip the base in sauce. Place the base in your mouth, dip side up, and gently close your teeth around it. Scrape it along your top teeth to consume the soft, delicious part, and then discard the leaf. Repeat until all the leaves are gone. Scoop out and discard the thistle-like choke, and enjoy the artichoke at the bottom (the BEST part)!