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Old 08-21-2012, 04:00 AM   #11
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Janet: There are numerous Artichoke varieties

There are two main types in the Mediterranean where I am. There is the common prickly oval shaped that one peels and pulls off the violet tinged green armor battle suit and there is a delicate heart in the centre ... The hearts are delightful and these can be baked and stuffed.

Then, as per the photo, these are Italian.

I see, the variety from your link, is physically, not taste wise; more of a Tuber, similiar to the shape of a Malanga, a Caribbean & Cuban Tuber which is used for sweetening milk given to children.

It can be fried like Yuca as well and served with a garlic and lime Mojo, salsa.

However, I have not seen Jerusalem Artichokes here yet, however, what is their taste profile ?

Thanks for posting, very interesting.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:08 AM   #12
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How would they do scalloped?
I don't know, I haven't tried that. I've only used them raw on salads or in broth soups. They might lose their flavor in a cream base. Could always try a small one (4 oz ramekin), if you have enough to experiment with.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:26 AM   #13
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Soup made from Jerusalem artichokes is divine. Boil them with a bit of milk or half water half milk until soft. Whizz until smooth and then add some cream and season well. A very nutty, taste.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:26 AM   #14
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Margi--Jerusalem artichokes are not artichokes nor do they have anything to do with Jerusalem. The artichoke part comes in because they supposedly taste like artichoke hearts, and the Jerusalem comes from gira-sol, which means follow the sun--the flowers turn to face the sun.

I like them, but I really can't eat them--the 'windy pops' make me too uncomfortable.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:21 AM   #15
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Here are some ideas:

Jerusalem Artichoke Recipes - Sunchokes Recipes

The lemon chicken with pine nuts, saffron & cream, sounds like a winner to me:

Lemon Chicken with Jerusalem Artichokes
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:44 AM   #16
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Janet,

They do physically look very much like a Cuban western African origin Tuber called Malanga ...

I have never seen these in Spain ... nor Italy ...

Gravy Queen: yes, the thistle artichoke in photo is from Italy ... However, Navarra also has these.

The armored variety are also grown in the Basque Country and La Rioja ... and Barcelona ...

I shall look in El Corte Ingles, when I return to Madrid.
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I think Margi is referring to the globe artichoke , related to the thistle, which is different to Jerusalem artichokes, related to the sunflower which are underground tubers .


The latter are lethal for bad windy pops . Am still traumatised

I roasted sunchokes a year or so ago and they were delicious but they gave my partner uncontrollable diarrhea and me some hideous and socially embarassing gas.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:48 AM   #18
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Kimmo and Sparrow,

Thanks for all your informationa and details on this variety of vegetable.

Sparrow, yes I know gira ( to turn ), and sol is sun, and girasol is sunflower or an Oil from the sunflower ... I live in Spain 20 yrs., however, Thanks for your information on this odd veggie.

Kind regards.
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:51 AM   #19
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Cerise,

Thanks for the link, valuable information.

Jenny,

So sorry to hear ... I know the feeling with Soy or any product with soy in it ... I am highly allergic to Soy and cannot have it in any form whatsoever.

Empathy. Must avoid like plague.

Regards, Margaux.
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I roasted sunchokes a year or so ago and they were delicious but they gave my partner uncontrollable diarrhea and me some hideous and socially embarassing gas.

I take it you mean...

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