We’ve got that new new for you this week with this plant-based Monday feature. Say hey to the wonderful Jerusalem Artichoke. Have you used them? Heard of them? First things first, they’re not actually artichokes and they do not come from Jerusalem. So what’s the deal with this mysterious little tuber?
Jerusalem artichokes are a tuber that actually look more like ginger root than anything else. They come from the edible root of a flowering plant that look like little sunflowers. They belong to the sunflower family and are often referred to as sunchokes. Jerusalem artichokes originated in North America and have gained a lot of popularity in European countries.
Nutritionally, Jerusalem artichokes don’t disappoint. They are a great source of iron and also a good source of thiamin and potassium. Another key factor about Jerusalem artichokes is that they are low on the glycemic index. They won’t cause significant blood sugar spikes, which may be useful for people with diabetes. The fiber content of these veggies will also help to slow the rise of blood sugars and promote a healthy GI tract.
Speaking of GI health, Jerusalem artichokes are a good source of prebiotics. They contain a fiber called inulin. The bacteria in the gut converts inulin into short chain fatty acids, which results in a number of health benefits!
These tubers have a sweet and nutty flavor similar to jicama. They taste great raw or roasted. They are in peak season October through March, so be sure to check for them at your local market before they’re gone. To buy, choose smooth, unblemished Jerusalem artichokes that don’t have many bumps. To store them, keep in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated area similar to where you store potatoes. Most Jerusalem artichokes will last anywhere from 1-3 weeks if properly stored.
We love to keep it simple by chopping and roasting them, with some salt and pepper, but here are some other wonderful recipes to try:
How many of you have tried Jerusalem Artichokes/Sunchokes in the past? Try them out before they’re gone & let us know what you think in the comments below!