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