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