What Are Jerusalem Artichokes?

Also known as sunchokes, these definitely don't belong in your spinach-artichoke dip.
By Janet Taylor McCracken ,

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Got potato burnout? Try Jerusalem artichokes, a knobby veggie that looks a little like ginger and tastes like a cross between a spud and an artichoke. 

Despite the name, they’re neither from Jerusalem nor an artichoke; these lumpy guys grow underground on the stem of a variety of sunflower, which may be why they’re also called sunchokes. 

A little sweet and a little starchy, Jerusalem artichokes are great roasted or pureed. You can also eat them raw: Shave some into salads for added crunch. 

Take that, taters! 

Now try these recipes!

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Recipe: Try our Sliced Root Vegetable Salad

Jerusalem Artichokes with Aged Balsamic

Photography by Marcus Nilsson

Recipe: Try our Jerusalem Artichokes with Aged Balsamic

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