Jerusalem artichokes are part of the sunflower family and aren’t related to globe artichokes. They look similar to ginger, have a rich nutty flavour and can be eaten either raw or cooked.
Are they good for me?
They’re a good source of dietary fibre and provide folate and potassium.
Buying & storing
Look for firm Jerusalem artichokes with minimal knobs. Store in a cool, dark place with good ventilation for up to a week.
Trim any big bumps to make them easier to peel. Once peeled, they discolour quickly, so place in a bowl of water and lemon juice to prevent browning.
• To make a soup, boil with potato until soft. Blend with stock and cream. • Boil until slightly tender. Slice. Place in a baking dish. Top with white sauce and breadcrumbs. Bake until golden.
Good Taste – August 2008, Page 26
Click on the picture for a video on preparing Jerusalem Artichoke