Jerusalem artichokes (also known as Sunchokes) are the vegetable you are not eating enough of. Here are some amazing Jerusalem artichoke recipes to try, as well as lots of info about how to cook Jerusalem artichoke.
If you're just here for the Jerusalem artichoke recipe ideas, here's the link to jump ahead to the recipe list: Jerusalem Artichoke Recipes.
But keep reading if you want to learn more about Jerusalem artichokes, how to cook them, and their health benefits.
What are Jerusalem artichokes?
Jerusalem artichokes are root vegetables (aka tubers) that grow underground. They are the root of this plant below that often grows as a weed. Look familiar?
Jerusalem artichokes, also called sunchokes, make great alternatives potatoes or any other root vegetables that you typically cook, such as carrots, parsnips, or beets. As you'll see below, Jerusalem artichokes are also high in many different nutrients, making them a great addition to most diets.
If you're tired of cooking the same ol' side dishes, then definitely consider trying a new recipe with Jerusalem artichokes!
What does Jerusalem artichoke taste like?
Jerusalem artichokes have a slightly nutty, mildly sweet taste. They are a little crunchy when roasted - they stay firm even when roasted for a long time.
They are pretty neutral in taste and take on flavor really well. This makes Jerusalem artichokes a very versatile ingredient that goes well with many cuisines.
Fresh herbs, flavorful olive oils, and sauces all make Jerusalem artichokes tastes fantastic, as you'll see in the recipes below.
How to cook Jerusalem artichokes
Just like potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes can be cooked several ways: You can roast them, pan-fry them, or boil them.
Roasting Jerusalem artichokes is a great option for a side dish that goes well with any protein. Roasted Jerusalem artichokes have a great texture that's slightly crunchy and slightly soft like cooked potatoes.
Boiling is a great way to cook Jerusalem artichokes to make soup. You can blend or puree the boiled Jerusalem artichokes to make a creamy soup.
Pan-frying Jerusalem artichokes / Sunchokes is great when you want to combine them with other flavors and ingredients, as you'll see in the Bacon & Jerusalem Artichoke recipe below.
Can Jerusalem artichokes be eaten raw?
Unlike potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes can be eaten raw. They can be grated or sliced thinly and add a little texture and crunchy juicy veggies to salads, slaws, and other side dishes.
However, I do find that cooking the Jerusalem artichokes really brings out their flavor and gives them a more pleasant texture.
Do you need to peel Jerusalem artichokes?
Jerusalem artichokes do not need to be peeled before eating or cooking. Just make sure to scrub them well with a brush or clean sponge to remove any dirt that might be trapped in the little nubs. They are a root vegetable and grow underground after all!
Where to buy Jerusalem artichokes
Jerusalem artichokes are not sold in many grocery stores, unfortunately. You might be able to find them in a large supermarket during Jerusalem artichoke season (which is around November through April in North America).
But specialty produce stores and health food stores such as Whole Foods have them more often. And of course, check you local farmer's market for Jerusalem artichokes / sunchokes.
Are Jerusalem artichokes good for you? / Benefits of Jerusalem artichokes.
Yes, Jerusalem artichokes are very good for you! They are high in fiber, which helps keep you full and keep the digestive system regular. Jerusalem artichokes are also high in iron, potassium, magnesium, and have a little vitamin B-6. Jerusalem artichokes have a little protein (3 grams per cup), and no fat. They do contain quite a bit of sugar, but it is naturally occurring and the fiber in the Jerusalem artichokes helps regular any blood sugar spikes.
Jerusalem artichokes make a great addition to most balanced diets. So now that we covered all that, let's get into how to cook Jerusalem artichokes! Here are some fantastic and easy Jerusalem artichoke recipes to get your started.
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