Lately, we hear a lot about Sunchoke or Jerusalem artichoke and the way we grown them in our region.
If by any chance you run into this little plant, here are a few reasons why you should buy it.
Jerusalem artichokes are not like the ordinary artichokes even thou they share the same name. This root vegetable tastes like water chestnut. You can cook it or consume it fresh, and for it creamy texture you can use it as potato.
Jerusalem artichokes are rich with vitamins and minerals, which makes them one of the best natural probiotics.
One cup of Jerusalem artichokes contains 110 calories, 3 grams of protein and 26 grams of carbohydrates, including 2,4 grams of fiber, or 25 % of the recommended daily dose. It is known that fiber can help with constipation, reduction of cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart attacks and certain cancer diseases. Many studies have shown that this root vegetable has a very good effect on regulation of blood sugar level and maintain a healthy body weight.
One serving of Jerusalem artichokes contain 10 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C and niacin, as well as 30 percent of thiamine. It is known that vitamin C has antioxidant properties that limits the harmful effects of free radicals and reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease. Niacin and thiamine have good effect on your hair, skin and eyes, and also are a great source of energy.
This artichoke contains a lot of minerals that are of great importance for our health. This is one of the main reasons why you should start consuming it immediately. It contains copper, phosphorus, potassium, iron and many others.
Buying and storage
Usually, fresh artichoke can be found in autumn and winter. The smooth peel indicates that the artichoke is fresh. Keep them in cool and dark place so they can last up to two weeks.
Jerusalem artichokes can be consumed fresh, with season salad or you can simply add them to any meal. The peel must be removed before consuming.