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Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichokes are a knobby root that is a member of the sunflower family. Sometimes it is referred to as a Sunchoke. It is not related to the artichoke, or to the city of Jerusalem. It produces flowers that resemble yellow daisies.

The Jerusalem artichoke plant is 6 to 12 feet tall. It bears a knobby root that is 3 to 4 inches in long, and 1 to 2 inches in diameter. The root looks like a ginger root. The flesh is crisp and juicy, and has a delicate flavor. The flavor of a Jerusalem artichoke is similar to an artichoke. It has beige skin which is edible.

The Jerusalem artichoke is a native vegetable to the United States. It grew wild in the Northern United States, and Southern Canada. It was cultivated by the Native Americans. It crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the 17th century to Europe by Samuel de Champlain. During World War II, Jerusalem artichokes were known as the “poor man’s vegetables”.

Jerusalem artichokes are available in the winter and the spring. They are better after a