What is Jerusalem Artichoke?
Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes, are actually the tubers of a perennial flower native to North America. In 1585, Sir Walter Raleigh noticed Native Americans cultivating these roots, and by the early 17th century, they were introduced to the European market. Known for years as the “poor man’s vegetable” because of its prevalence during World War II, the sunchoke has only recently regained popularity as a health food.
Benefits of Jerusalem Artichoke
The Jerusalem artichoke/sunchoke is packed with B vitamins (especially thiamine), potassium, iron, copper and inulin, a prebiotic fiber known to fight bacteria in the intestines and yield other powerful benefits:
- Boost the immune system
- Prevent constipation
- Eliminate toxic/carcinogenic buildup in the stomach