January 17: Jerusalem Artichokes

Sophie Conran Pick's Jerusalem Artichoke

The wonderful and surprising thing about Jerusalem artichokes is that if you choose to grow them the plants reach eight feet tall and have blooms like little sunflowers. They light up the corner of the vegetable garden with their cheerful glow, although be warned once planted you will never get rid of them. The root is a knobbly little brown fellow, which makes a glorious puree, a fine roasted vegetable and a delectable warming winter soup. My most recent discovery is that it is absolutely delicious raw, sliced thinly and added to winter salads.

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