How to eat Jerusalem artichoke

Different ways of eating Jerusalem artichoke

What is a Jerusalem artichoke?

helianthus tuberosusJerusalem artichoke flower

A Jerusalem artichoke is an edible tuber, native to North America, grown on every continent.

This tuber comes from a plant of the Compositae family, like the sunflower.

It is a food rich in inulin. It mainly has digestive properties, helps lower cholesterol. With prebiotic effect, it also helps treat constipation.

What flavor a Jerusalem artichoke has?

Jerusalem artichokes have a mild flavor, reminiscent of artichoke and potato.

How to cook Jerusalem Artichoke?

  • Clean the skin of the tubers and peel them.
  • Cut them into thick slices.
  • Pour them into a pan of boiling water and salt.
  • Cook for 8 minutes or until tender.
  • Mix with butter or olive oil, salt and pepper.

Despite being a food native to North America, the truth is that the Jerusalem artichoke has been more successful in European cuisine.

The Italian botanist Fabio Colonna (1567-1640) writes in his book one of the first historical vestiges of topinambour consumption in Europe, “the Jerusalem artichokes prepared in different ways: boiled with butter and ginger, others baked in cakes, putting dates, ginger and raisins… “.

Different ways of eating Jerusalem artichokes

Jerusalem artichoke tubersTubers of Jerusalem artichoke
  • Jerusalem artichokes can be cooked boiled or steamed, dressed with butter or olive oil.
  • You can also cook roast it, or use it in creams, purees, soups, stews or added to omelets.
  • The more beginner Jerusalem artichokes, after winter frost, have a sweet taste and suitable for taking raw. These are added to salads as if they were radishes.
  • In some regions, they are consumed pickled in brine and vinegar.
  • The tubers can be dehydrated and ground to form Jerusalem artichoke flour. This is suitable for coeliacs and can be stored for a long time.
  • In Germany, people prepare a liquor with Jerusalem artichokes and alcohol used for producing what is known as “Topi” “Rossler” or “Jerusalem artichoke brandy”.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

17 November, 2022

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