Saturday, January 28, 2012

New Veg: The Jerusalem Artichoke

The imposing Jerusalem Artichoke.  
I'd wanted to try one of these forever...I imagined that it would be some kind of lovely, creamy artichoke-heart like root vegetable that would melt in my mouth, and while it was not it was still worth trying.  It had an interesting taste, similar to a very mild turnip and the texture of a potato when it was cooked.  The skin came off in pieces similar to the experience of peeling a twig.  I used it in a lovely quinoa salad with tahini-miso-orange dressing that I brought to a clothing swap.  I can't say that I'm dying to eat this again, but I'd try cooking it at least once more in a dish that showcased its flavour a little more.


In a green frock eating spinach from a bamboo bowl said...

I used it once as a substitute for mashed potato because I'd accidentally forgotten to buy potatoes. It works really nicely with a splash of cream and butter (just as you would do with mash) served alongside roasted fennel and pork belly.

Liz said...

Thanks for the tip :) I should give these another try when I can make them the star of the dish,