Are sun­chokes, Jerusalem ar­ti­chokes, and globe ar­ti­chokes all the same?

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They’re all veg­eta­bles, share sim­i­lar names, and be­long to the same fam­ily of plants (aster). But, sun­chokes and Jerusalem ar­ti­chokes are just dif­fer­ent names for the same thing, while globe ar­ti­chokes are al­to­gether dif­fer­ent. Sun­chokes are a type of sun­flower while globe ar­ti­chokes are a peren­nial this­tle-like plant.

Sun­chokes are an ed­i­ble tu­ber that are es­pe­cially touted for their in­ulin con­tent — a type of sol­u­ble fiber that has lim­ited di­gestibil­ity so it doesn’t im­pact blood glu­cose and it fos­ters growth of good bac­te­ria in the gut. Globe ar­ti­chokes, grown mostly in Cal­i­for­nia, are an ed­i­ble flower bud prized for their hearts, but their petals are also tasty. They’re par­tic­u­larly high in vi­ta­min C, plus two ma­jor phy­tonu­tri­ents, cy­narin and sily­marin. Both sun­chokes and globe ar­ti­chokes are low in fat and calo­ries and con­trib­ute es­sen­tial min­er­als and fiber mak­ing them a healthy ad­di­tion to any eat­ing plan.

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