Jerusalem Artichokes

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The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) is not an artichoke and nor is it from Jerusalem, but rather it is a tuber which is a member of the sunflower family and a relative to another tuber we grow yacón with which it shares a number of properties.

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Jerusalem artichokes, also known as in other countries as sunchokes and sunroots, are a small knobbly tuber which have a nutty, sweet flavour and like yacón is a diet and diabetic friendly food.

Low in kilojoules, high in fibre and a good source of iron, potassium and thiamine these tubers store their starch as inulin which is not utilized by the body and so assists in blood sugar control. Also like yacón the undigested Jerusalem artichoke left behind in the intestinal tract is a ‘friendly’ bacteria and food for the colon.

Often recommended as a potato substitute for diabetics and the weight conscious they can cause flatulence in some people and those eating Jerusalem artichokes for the first time are advised to start with small quantities.

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