Jerusalem Artichoke

The Jerusalem Artichoke is a member of the sunflower family. it produces a knobbly tuber which is a little like root ginger in appearance. A native of North America, it grew in the wild along the eastern seaboard from Georgia to Novia Scotia. The American Indians called them sun roots and introduced these perennial tubers to the pilgrims who adopted them as a staple food. They make a great soup and are a good vegetable to use for thickening stews, casseroles and soups.

Jerusalem Artichokes are available in winter.

They are high in fibre, low in calories and a great source of potassium. Also a good supply of iron, plus a variety of other vitamins and minerals.