Knobby, small and brown, sunchokes (or Jerusalem artichokes) might look like something a troll might have for a snack, but they’re definitely human-appropriate and certainly delicious—we promise. Sweet, nutty and somewhat artichokey, sunchokes are actually a type of sunflower. If you let them blossom, you’ll get a beautiful yellow flower. But it’s not the flower we’re interested—it’s the root, which can be roasted, steamed, pureed into a soup, sliced thin and eaten raw or even distilled into a brandy.
For the moment (and for legal purposes), we’ll leave the distilling to the professionals. But we do have some delicious ideas for how to prepare this spring’s fantastic crop of sunchokes.
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