Sunchokes aka Jerusalem Artichokes are a root vegetable with a nutty flavor profile. I’ve noticed they are a little harder to find than most root vegetables on the east coast, so when you spot them, you have to go for it! They are super versatile and can be made into anything from purees to chips!
Four Facts about Suncoke Nutrition
- Sunchokes are a good source of fiber and thus help the body with regular digestion
- Sunchokes contain the dietary fiber inulin (not to be confused with the hormone insulin). Inulin is a zero calorie saccharine which make this tuber an ideal sweetener for diabetics.
- Sunchokes are an good source of potassium, which can help reduce blood pressure and heart rate by countering effects of sodium.
- Sunchokes are an excellent source of iron, 100 g of fresh sunchoke contains 3.4 mg or 42.5% of the RDA. Iron is part of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body.
Storage: Raw sunchokes should be stored in a cool, dry, area away from light. They may also be stored in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator, in a zip lock bag wrapped in paper towels.