Sunchokes aka Jerusalem artichokes ...

Thursdays are much happier days when I get a text from my favorite organic farmer, Powers Farm and Brewery, listing items that might be available for me to pickup on Sunday. M grows the most delicious produce and often unusual variety that you will not find at markets. After a long wait, this week she will have some heirloom radishes among other things that you will see on the menu.

Sunchokes aka Jerusalem artichokes are another one of those items that I can't wait to get from her. Sunchokes are the tuberous roots of a type of sunflower native to North America.

Originally cultivated by Native Americans as a food source, the tubers are popular in Europe as a vegetable. They have a prebiotic effect(non-digestible part of foods like bananas, onions and garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, the skin of apples, chicory root, beans, and many others. Prebiotic fiber goes through the small intestine undigested and is fermented when it reaches the large colon.), can help blood glucose levels, help with digestive problems, control cholesterol levels, control blood pressure, help with blood formation, boost immune system and..... With a nutty, slightly sweet flavor, similar to artichokes, sunchokes are delicious eaten raw or lightly cooked in salads, and can also be baked, sauteed, or pureed in soups.

So this weeks menu is inspired by What M has available and we are looking forward to trying sunchoke soup on you :)

We hope you will enjoy these dishes as much as we enjoy preparing them for you.

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