Freaky Fruit: Jerusalem Artichokes
They’re called Jerusalem artichokes, but they neither come from Jerusalem nor look at all like artichokes. That’s just one of the many curiosities of these ginger-root look-alikes, also known as sunchokes and sunroot. Jerusalem artichokes are the root of a species of sunflower native to the eastern United States. One more interesting fact about this vegetable — it doesn’t have starch, like potatoes and most other “tubers,” making it ideal for diabetics.
Jerusalem artichokes were described at the farmers market as having a “tender, sweet nutty flavor” when eaten raw. They can be baked, roasted, sautéed or boiled.
• Price: $2/pound
• Nutritional tidbits: High in potassium and iron
• Color/shape/texture: light brown, ridged “tubers” that sometimes have nodules reminiscent of ginger root
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