Vegetable of the month - Jerusalem Artichokes

Apr 27, 2012

The Jerusalem Artichokes is a versatile autumn vegetable ideal & for diabetes sufferers.

The Jerusalem Artichoke is a vegetable that is available at selected farmers‘ markets (including Mulgrave) but you‘ll never find in a supermarket; all the more reason to visit Thorpdale Organics during May whilst this yummy vegetable is in season.

There is often confusion between Jerusalem and globe artichokes, but these two plants are not related. Jerusalem artichokes are a type of sunflower and mainly grown in the cool climate home garden.

They are unsuitable as a commercial crop as they have a short shelf life and need to be manually harvested. The plant is a native of North America where it was eaten by the Indians and introduced into Europe in the 17th century.

The plant grows to three metres high and in summer has yellow sunflowers. The tubers are harvested in autumn and are knobbly with thin skin and white, crisp flesh. There‘s no need to peel them, just a good wash and they can be used like potatoes. Because they contain carbohydrate insulin and not starch, they are particularly suitable for diabetes sufferers.

They are high in iron (1 cup serving contains 28% of your minimum daily requirements of iron), high in potassium and B vitamins, and low in calories.

The flavour is slightly sweet with a faintly nutty scent. Their versatility is great; they can be eaten raw, cooked, pickled or even used in a dessert. They can be fried whole or cut into chips and offer a distinctive flavour and change from potatoes.

Try these recipes and find out for yourself the joys of this seasonal autumn delight....

Sautéed Jerusalem Artichokes with garlic and bay leaves

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

Article courtesy Wendy - Thorpdale Organics.