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Jerusalem Artichokes aka 'Fartichokes'!

Jerusalem Artichokes are an Autumn Delight

Hey there Goldbush Farm-ily!

 If you haven't tried Jerusalem Artichokes yet, you're missing out! Contrary to what you might think, these delicious tubers aren't actually from Jerusalem or an artichoke - they're the root of a plant in the sunflower family.

 We harvest them when the tops die down in Autumn, and they go by many names such as sunroot, sunchoke, wild sunflower, topinambur, or earth apple. But what really matters is the nutty, sweet, and crunchy taste of their white flesh, which is also a good source of iron.

 If you're wondering about how to store them, it's best to keep them with a paper towel in a plastic bag in the fridge until you're ready to use them. And here's a handy tip - you don't have to peel them, which can be a pain. However, removing the skin can help avoid the infamous "fartichoke" effect. A teaspoon can work well for this.

Jerusalem Artichoke close up

Jerusalem Artichoke Recipe Ideas

When it comes to cooking, Jerusalem Artichokes are versatile and go well with a variety of flavors such as sage, thyme, garlic, butter, bacon, bay, cream, breadcrumbs, cheese, and anything smoked.

Here are some easy ways to try them out:

  • roast them with your other vegetables, they go fluffy!

  • roast with a bulb of garlic and whizz them up into a soup

  • sauté them with garlic and bay

  • the earthy flavor of roasted artichokes is also amazing with toasted hazelnuts. If you're tossing them into a salad, keeping the skin on can help prevent them from breaking up too much

So there you have it - Jerusalem Artichokes are not only delicious, but also versatile and easy to prepare. Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Health Benefits of Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes are a great source of inulin, a type of prebiotic fiber that has been shown to have numerous health benefits.

Inulin can help improve digestion by feeding the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which can help boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, and improve overall gut health.

Additionally, inulin has been linked to lower blood sugar levels and improved insulin sensitivity, making it a great option for those with diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

So not only are Jerusalem Artichokes delicious, but they can also be a great addition to a healthy and balanced diet!

Bright yellow Jerusalem Artichoke flowers close up in the garden

Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers in Summer


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