Choke the sun?


Illustration by Styles Munson

Not only do they have an odd and slightly violent name, sunchokes aren’t visually inspiring, either. The knobby tubers resemble ginger rhizomes and may be called by their other name—Jerusalem artichokes. These relatives of the sunflower are one of the few tubers native to North America. Tasting like a cross between sunflower seeds and artichoke hearts, sunchokes appeared in Native American meals well before colonists arrived. Another oddity about them: They produce fructose (like fruit), rather than glucose (like potatoes), making them ideal for diabetics. Consider adding them to soups, salads and stir-fries for a nutty crunch.