This morning’s article was on Jerusalem artichokes, my choice of a new plant to try in my vegetable garden this year. There was an error in the article: Jerusalem artichokes don’t grow to a height of 6-10 inches; it’s 6-10 feet.
Jerusalem artichokes are a good example of a useful vegetable that doesn’t receive much exposure in this country because it doesn’t keep, and, therefore, travel well. You can’t buy it in grocery stores, and need to seek it out in farmer’s markets and farmstands.
As I was doing research for this article, I came across the nutritional analysis for this vegetable. As I wrote in my article, Jerusalem artichokes are starch-free, so they are often recommended for diabetic and the carb-conscious, instead of potatoes.
But, beyond this fact, these tubers are nutritional powerhouses. They are one of the few veggies that supplies pantothenic acid, which is one of the B vitamins. In addition, a single tuber yields:
- 200 units of vitamin A
- .075 miligrams of vitamin B1
- .015 milligrams of vitamin B2
- 10 milligrams of Vitamin C
- 20 milligrams of calcium
- 47 milligrams of phosphorus
- .4 milligrams of iron
- 1 gram of protein
and delivers all of this with only 32 calories. Perhaps it’s time to get to know Jerusalem artichokes!
BTW, there are tons of recipes online if you’re trying to figure out new ways to cook your tubers. If you know someone with plants, ask for tubers of your own and I’m sure they’d be happy to share. Just be sure to read the article to see how to keep them from becoming an invasive pest.