This funny looking vegetable, called the Jerusalem Artichoke (but also known as sunchoke or earth apple), looks like a cross between a potato and a knob of ginger. Because it grows beneath the earth, it is full of minerals like iron, copper, potassium, molybdenum, and magnesium. These edible tubers are also a rich source of inulin, which is a prebiotic (it provides nutrition to the health-promoting bacteria in our guts). And as Dr. Mark Hyman says, “A healthy gut is the center of a healthy life.”
We like to make fries with them. Just slice a few up into pieces that are a consistent shape and size (with skin on). Add a little oil and a pinch of sea salt. Then bake at 350 degrees until they are crisp (about 30 minutes depending on their size). We sometimes add a bit of parmesan cheese in the last few minutes of cooking to make them extra irresistible.
On day 23 of this 365 day project, I ate my daily five (including a really juicy roasted asparagus, which is a sign that Spring is coming). Did you enjoy yours?