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The Jerusalem Artichoke (Or Sunchoke) Is The Fugly Vegetable You Should Be Eating

Don't judge a veggie by its cover.
01/26/2015 07:00am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

These are Jerusalem artichokes. They're also called a sunchokes.

jerusalem artichoke

No, sunchokes are not the most beautiful vegetable on the block. You've probably dismissed them in the produce aisle, brushing the tubers off as wonky, distant cousins of the potato. But don't let yourself be confused by their appearance or their name; when cooked correctly, they taste like a thing of beauty, and they've got nothing to do with artichokes.

Remember the story of the ugly ducking? The fowl, who with a bit of time and care, transformed into a beautiful swan. When Jerusalem artichokes are cooked, they still are pretty strange looking, but they offer a nutty-sweet crunch that brings ordinary dishes to stunning heights. This mighty choke is similar to the potato in the sense that it offers a hearty starchiness and can be prepared in so many ways. You can fry, bake, puree and mash this rowdy root. But its nutritional profile is far more impressive than the potato's: The Jerusalem artichoke is high in fiber, antioxidants and potassium.

Now be mesmerized by these gorgeous recipes below, each of which cast the Jerusalem artichoke as its protagonist. Then run -- don't walk -- to your nearest grocer and snatch up as many of these ugly vegetables as you can, before the secret's out.

1
Jerusalem Artichokes, Plum Chutney & Kale Chips Pizza
Pizza Tuesdays
2
Sunchoke Chips & Guacamole
Stasty
3
Vegan Shepherd's Pie With Mushrooms, Sunchokes & Truffled Mashed Potatoes
Feasting At Home
4
Caramelized Sunchokes With Meyer Lemon Zest & Parsley
Nourish Network
5
Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
Sippity Sup
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6
Pan-Fried Jerusalem Artichokes, Bratkartoffeln Style
The Indolent Cook
7
Roasted Sunchokes With Garlic & Herbs
Nerds With Knives
8
Jerusalem Artichokes With Rosemary, Lemon & Pecans
Scandie Foodie
9
Jerusalem Artichokes & Orecchiette
Happyolks
10
Mini Quiches With Jerusalem Artichokes & Chives
What's Cooking Good Looking
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11
Sunchoke Gratin With Jarlsberg, Lentils & Black Walnuts
Sippity Sup
12
Jerusalem Artichoke & Thyme Soufflé
Craving Greens
13
Vegan Roasted Root Veggie Fajitas
With Food And Love
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14
Jerusalem Artichoke Pancakes With Pomegranate & Pink Grapefruit
Aesthetics And Gastronomy

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