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With Claire Dodd from Sea­son’s Deli and Cafe, Old Amer­sham

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOOD AND DRINK -

IHIS knob­bly tu­ber, a rel­a­tive of the sun­flower, is nei­ther from Jerusalem, nor re­lated to ar­ti­chokes! The name Jerusalem has been mor­phed from the Ital­ian word for sun­flower – ‘gi­ra­sole’ – and ar­ti­choke was ap­par­ently added be­cause it has a sim­i­lar taste. would de­scribe them as a nutty parsnip, de­li­cious in a soup, or, as here, in a purée, de­li­cious as part of a roast (es­pe­cially Christ­mas) din­ner, they also go well with fish, es­pe­cially scal­lops.

Jerusalem ar­ti­chokes are very healthy, with vir­tu­ally no sugar and high lev­els of vi­ta­mins like potas­sium, mak­ing them suit­able for di­a­bet­ics.

A word of warn­ing though...they have a nick­name ‘far­ti­chokes’, but think they are worth it!

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