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The name Jerusalem artichokes is not derived from Jerusalem and not even part of the artichoke family. They are actually part of sunflower family and are sometimes referred to as wild sunflower. At first glance, you might be mistaken, thinking Jerusalem artichokes were ginger. But they are not related. Jerusalem artichokes have a similar texture to potatoes and have thick brown skin. They are an edible tuber.
Jerusalem artichokes are usually grown in sub tropical regions in Australia. They are usually planted in late autumn and early winter.
So what are the health benefits of Jerusalem artichoke?
- High in caloreis and contains zero cholesterol.
- A good source of dietary fibers.
- Anti oxidants such as Vitamin A, C and E.
- A good source of minerals, electrolytes and potassium.
- Have a high amount of iron.
- Contain small levels of vitamin B complex.
For your next shopping trip, why not buy some Jerusalem artichokes! They have a wonderful nutty flavour. Try them with your mashed potato.