Edible Of The Week–Sunchoke

Edible: The Sunchoke, Aka, Jerusalem artichoke, sunroot, earth apple

Surprising fact: It is not an artichoke but the root of a flowering perennial

Looks like: a gnarly ginger root

Tastes like: a potato

Moonlights as: a liquor, mainly in Germany

Health perks: 650 mg potassium per 1 cup serving, high in iron, and contains 10-12% of the US RDA of fiber, niacin, thiamine, phosphorous and copper.

So, what the heck to do with it: Consume raw or cooked and, like potatoes, bake, steam, stew or fry. Don’t overcook or they’ll get mushy.

Caveat: known to cause gas in some individuals so don’t over indulge

Best results: Slice thinly, lightly coat with high-heat oil (i.e., sunflower, safflower, canola), sprinkle with salt and any other spices (Old Bay—yum) and roast, watching diligently so as not to burn.

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