not really an artichoke
I’ve read about the Jerusalem artichoke in cookbooks and heard chefs talk about it on tv but I have never sampled this “artichoke”. The reality is that a Jerusalem artichoke is not related to artichokes or from Jerusalem at all. A con-vegetable!
When we were in Canada, we ate Jerusalem artichokes at Susur Lee’s restaurant. It’s not something to write home about but it wasn’t bad either. It tasted like a root vegetable. Less flavourful than a parsnip. Kind of like a potato. They apparently make a good substitute for potatoes. It’s also apparently full of nutritional goodness.
There were loads at the supermarket the other week so I decided to try to cook it myself. I went with a soup since I had read about it most in soup form. I based my soup on potato and leek soup, substituted potatoes for Jerusalem artichokes. I used chicken bouillon powder for the stock.
It’s not the prettiest soup but it was a good soup. I used my stick blender to blend it all up. The Jerusalem artichokes didn’t seem to fall apart from boil like some potatoes do.
Apparently it’s also really easy to grow Jerusalem artichoke. The problem is getting it to stop growing. If I can find it, think I’ll give it a try.