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October 26, 2021
What in the world is a Jerusalem Artichoke? Have you ever seen those small sunflowers (see photo) growing wild along the road? Well, those are SunRoot Flowers. Their tuber/root is the Jerusalem Artichoke.
A Jerusalem Artichoke is not an artichoke and has nothing to do with Jerusalem. So why the name? No one really seems to know. They are a root vegetable that can be plentiful in various desert regions. They can be used like a potato but their taste is sweeter and nutty. Make sure when purchasing these that they are firm and not moldy. The vegetable is high in Iron.
Try out this recipe for roasted Jerusalem artichokes. Feel free to add in additional vegetables, like squash, mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc.
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1 pound Jerusalem Artichoke
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or crushed garlic
1 Tablespoon parsley leaves (optional)
Heat oven to 400
Spray or brush a cookie sheet with olive oil. Might wrap sheet in foil first.
Brush the Jerusalem Artichokes with a vegetable brush under running water to clean. Chop them into 1" pieces
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients to coat everything. Then spread out on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 17-20 minutes until tender when pieced with a fork.
You can easily add additional items to this baking process, such as winter squash (butternut, acorn) potatoes, onions, garlic, etc.