- KNOW YOUR VEG
different in appearance and taste from the globe artichoke
the Jerusalem artichoke is a knobbly root vegetable
that is similar in appearance to fresh root ginger
and can be up to 12 cm in length. Rather confusingly
the Jerusalem artichoke is not a member of the artichoke
family and has nothing to do with Jerusalem! It is
a member of the sunflower family and its name is thought
to have originated from the Italian for sunflower,
girasole. Jerusalem artichokes have a satisfying nutty,
earthy flavour. When buying, choose firm, unblemished
tubers, try to avoid really misshapen artichokes as
they are difficult to peel.
How To Use Jerusalem Artichoke
artichokes can be eaten raw or cooked. Grated raw
artichokes add a subtle nutty flavour to salads
or they can be simply tossed in vinaigrette or mayonnaise.
Cooked artichokes are great served with butter,
mashed with other root vegetables such as potatoes,
carrots or parsnips or served in a creamy sauce.
They can also be made into vegetable crisps or soup.
How To Prepare Jerusalem Artichoke
or scrub the artichokes and cut into even-sized
pieces for cooking. Place them into a bowl of water
with a squeeze of lemon juice added to prevent them
from discolouring. If the artichokes are particularly
knobbly, cook them first and then peel off the skins
How To Cook Jerusalem Artichoke
can be boiled or steamed; the cooking times will
depend on the size of the pieces. To boil, bring
a pan of water to the boil and add the prepared
artichokes, cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until tender.
To steam, place the artichokes in a steamer and
steam for 20 - 25 minutes or until tender.
How To Store Jerusalem Artichoke
in a cool, dry place or in the fridge for up to
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