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Known as Jerusalem Artichoke / sun root / earth apple (helianthus tuberosus) is a flowering species that is related to sunflower. It is a healthy choice of ingredient for a variety of cooking options. From regulating blood pressure to fighting cancer, find out why you should be adding these wonderful potato - like veggies in your meals.
Finest source of dietary fiber and can lower cholesterol.
A generous source of minerals, electrolytes, especially potassium. It provides, even more, potassium than banana has. Potassium is very good for the heart, which brings a reduction in the blood pressure and heart rate by countering the effects of sodium.
One of the finest source of dietary fibers which can lower LDL / bad cholesterol levels. It is high in oligo-fructose inulin - a non-starch polysaccharide. Inulin is completely different with insulin, which is a hormone. It is zero calorie saccharine and inert carbohydrate which doesn't undergo metabolism inside the human body, which made this root an ideal sweetener for diabetics.
Sunchokes also improve calcium absorption and help relieve constipation, again because of the vegetable's inulin content.
The tuber also consists of small amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E. All these vitamins, together with a flavanoid compound like carotenes, helps your body to get rid of harmful free radicals, which results in protection from cancer.
However, even this wonderful tuber offers a lot of medical benefits, it still may not be for everyone, for it may cause flatulence (stomach gas) and even bloating, pain and cramps.
Buying: When choosing a good root of artichoke, it should be free from soft spots, wrinkles or sprouting. The smoother and rounder artichokes are the easier ones to prepare.
Preparing: It's as easy as preparing potatoes! You have the option to cook it with or without the skin. Scrub and wash the tubers in cold water and make sure to clean it for maximum nutritional benefit. Sunchokes are one of the very versatile vegetables. It can be done in a variety of ways in cooking, roast, saute, boil, or steam, only a few of many options you can do with your sunchoke. You can also eat it raw!
Storing: Sunchokes can stay for a couple of weeks in the fridge.
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Sunchokes can be planted in the garden as early as 2 to 3 weeks before the average last frost date in spring. They are best planted in soil that has warmed to 50°F. Sunchokes require 110 to 150 days to reach harvest. Sunchokes grow best in temperatures ranging from 65° to 90°F.