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Sunchokes are also known as Jerusalem artichokes, but aside from being a vegetable, they couldn't be more different than artichokes. The sunchoke is a tuberous root vegetable that looks more like ginger than an artichoke. You'll find sunchokes on the rhizome of a certain North American sunflower species. Despite the "Jerusalem" in its nickname, sunchokes are native to North America.
The knobby skin of the sunchoke is light brown and rough. The sunchoke flesh is a creamy white color. The flesh offers a mild flavor that is described as a nuttier, sweeter version of a potato.
The taste is where the sunchoke got the Jerusalem artichoke name, as a French explorer who tried it for the first time likened its taste to that of an artichoke. It's generally accepted that the Jerusalem artichoke got the first part of its name from the Italian word for sunflower: "Girasole", which kind of sounds like Jerusalem. The sunchoke is also sometimes called an earth apple.
Sunchokes can turn your dinners into conversation pieces by adding an interesting variation on familiar dishes. Though you can use the sunchoke as you would a potato, the sunchoke's unique flavors can make a side or entree shine.
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