In the kitchen
In early winter, they’ll keep for several weeks in a cool, damp place. In spring, keep them in the fridge, ideally in a perforated bag, to delay sprouting.
Prep & Cooking tips
They can be very knobbly, though we grow smoother Fuseau variety, and peeling can be a painstaking task. We prefer to soak them in a sinkful of water to loosen the mud, then give them a good scrub; time-saving and you get to eat the nutritious skin too. If you do cut or peel them, store and/or cook them with a dash of lemon juice added: it prevents them from oxidizing and turning grey.
They can be boiled, roasted or cooked and puréed into a velvety soup. You can even slice and eat them raw, although this seems to amplify an already rife tendency they have to induce flatulent side-effects.
Video: How to Cook Jerusalem Artichokes
1. Winter soup
They have a wonderfully smooth texture when puréed and make for a rich soup with a little onion, garlic, stock and cream. Maybe finish with some crumbled chestnuts or black pudding. Peel them first; a 5 min blanch in boiling water makes the skins much easier to remove.
Scrub clean and cut into halves or quarters depending on size. Season well and roast in a high oven for barely 20 mins, until soft and coloured but not collapsing into a mush. A few spices like cumin or caraway marry well, and try finishing with some chopped hazelnuts, runny honey and crumbled sheep’s cheese.
Scrub well and cut into wafer thin slices. Dress with lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. Simple. Consider garnishing with some shaved hard cheese, such as parmesan, a few slivers of cured ham or salami, or a peppery leaf like watercress, rocket or mustard leaf.
Goes well with
Alliums (Garlic, Leek, Onion)
Jerusalem artichoke recipes
Jerusalem artichokes and mushrooms in a bag with goat's cheese
Serves: 2 Total time: 1h 10 min
Jerusalem artichoke and bacon gratin
Serves: 2 Total time: 40 min
Sausage, Jerusalem artichoke and Savoy bake
Serves: 4 Total time: 1h 15 min
Roasted Jerusalem artichokes with romesco sauce
Serves: 6 Total time: 1h 45 min
Jerusalem artichoke and leek soup
Serves: 2 Total time: 55 min
Jerusalem artichokes, chorizo migas
Serves: 1 Total time: 40 min
In the field
Meet the grower: Neil & Gary Farley, Cullompton, Devon
Located on sandy land in Devon, the Farleys’ farm is perfect for potato growing – it’s their biggest crop at about 70 acres – followed by the root veg, beetroot and the artichokes.