I am learning so many interesting things as I’m researching. I love sunflowers, Helianthus tuberosus, commonly known as Jerusalem Artichoke, Sunchoke and Sunroot is a member of the sunflower family. It’s such a cool little tuber and so simple to prepare! I’ve enjoyed it raw, sliced thinly as a salad garnish with a honey, acv and oil dressing but I’ve never baked it before.
Resembling ginger root, having a similar texture to water chestnut when raw and potato type texture with a nutty sweet flavour when cooked. This little knobby root is a rich source of complex carbs, vitamins and minerals. Helps regulate blood pressure, blood glucose control and improves gut health.
Packed with iron and containing inulin, Jerusalem artichoke has fantastic health benefits! Gut health is improved from inulin which is a prebiotic fibre that helps improve bowel regulation by stimulating the growth of good bacteria boosting the health of the gut microbiome. Inulin is a short chain carb that is not broken down into simple sugars, therefore does not raise blood sugar. A source of potassium, iron, copper, vitamins A,C and E. 100g of fresh root holds 9% of daily required levels of potassium which is a heart friendly electrolyte that helps reduce blood pressure and heart rate by countering the effects of sodium.
You do not need to peel Jerusalem artichoke .. a good scrub, remove the eyes and you’re ready to go!
Baked Jerusalem artichokes
1 lb Jerusalem artichokes
3/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp minced garlic
Sea salt to taste
Cut scrubbed artichokes into 1 inch pieces.
Mix spices and oil in a large bowl and add the sliced artichoke.
Once artichokes are well coated, place on parchment lined baking sheet.
Roast for 35-45 minutes or until fork tender at 350F .
Quick, easy and nutritious. Stores 2-3 days in fridge.
As a lover of salads I’m always looking for new things to spice up my palate. Raw Jerusalem artichokes, sliced thinly as a salad garnish might be something you might want to try too. The only drawback to eating raw Jerusalem artichoke is they give some people gas .. inulin .. awesome for gut health .. and it might make you toot! So, if you’re new to trying them be with people who love you! Here is my favourite homemade dressing recipe.
Honey, ACV, Oil dressing
3/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup raw honey
1/3 cup AVC
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp onion flake
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground mustard
1/4 tsp pepper