Veggie Resolution #18: Sunchokes

Cooking / Eating In

I was so excited when one of my favorite but rarely consumed veggies made its way into my CSA pick-up: the sunchoke!  Also known as a Jerusalem artichoke, the tuber is neither from Jerusalem nor related to the artichoke.  However, its starchy, flavorful meat is thoroughly delectable.  If you ever come across a sunchoke, I highly recommend you give it a try.  (And for the ginger averse like myself, not to worry – it does not taste like ginger at all!)

For a super easy preparation, you will need:

  • Sunchoke
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Pepper

Scrub sunchoke well, and thinly slice.  Saute with garlic in olive oil until sunchoke slices are browned. Flip pieces over as needed.

Voila! Super simple, super scrumptious sunchoke.   Take a bite and revel in this mild but flavorful root vegetable. Deeeelish!Have you had sunchoke before? How do you prepare it?

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    Geek in Heels
    October 31, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I’ve never heard of sunchoke before, and you’re right — when I first saw the picture I thought it was ginger! Now I need to go seek them out because they sound (and look) delicious from your description!

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      Serena
      October 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      Good luck – hope you like them!

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    kelsey@mintedlife
    October 31, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Like Jenny, I’ve never heard of a sunchoke and totally thought it was ginger. Does it taste like a potato?

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      Serena
      October 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      The texture is very similar to a potato, but the flavor is a little sweeter!

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    Cathleya
    October 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Cream of sunchoke soup is literally my favorite soup on earth! I’ve actually never had it other than in soup form…would love to try it that way! Side note…it gives me horrible gas. TMI! Haha. 🙂

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      Serena
      October 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      That sounds delicious – “cream of” soups are my fave. I’ll have to try making it if I get another sunchoke this week! And, uh, thanks for the TMI sharing 😉

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    Ngoc
    October 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I’ve always wondered what this looks and tastes like. It looks exactly like a ginger and thankfully you said doesn’t taste like it. Do you need to peel off the skin?

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      Serena
      October 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      You can peel off the skin if you’d like, but as long as you scrub the skin really well it is edible!

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    Kim
    October 31, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I’m glad you posted this because I think we’ll be getting sunchokes in our CSA box this week – thanks!

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      Serena
      October 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      You’re welcome! Enjoy 🙂

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    Mina
    October 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    the first and only time i cooked with sunchokes, i didn’t do a good enough job getting the dirt out of all the crevices so the end product was a little…gritty. i decided that i would be sticking with potatoes as my favored tuber from that point!

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      Serena
      October 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Ooh, yeah – the dirt was tricky. Hope you give them another try sometime!

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    Jessica
    October 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I don’t even know where I would find these near me! YUM

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      Serena
      October 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Perhaps at a local farmer’s market? Good luck!

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    Amy
    October 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    yum! they look so brown and tasty!

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    Ivy
    October 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I heard these tubers can give “flatulence and, in some cases, gastric pain”* so I was really hesitant to try them when I received them in a trial CSA box. We ended up making chicken noodle sunchokes soup and I had no problems but I think the cook experienced some of that pain! hehe

    *Source: Wikipedia

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    penga
    October 31, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    i’ve never heard of sunchokes! how cool! it does look a lot like ginger. I want to try one now!

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    Brandi
    November 1, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Oh my gosh! I just saw that at a Korean Market the other day and thought it was ginger. The sign was labeled sunchoke but I thought it was a mistake lol. Now I can’t wait to try it!

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    Annie
    November 1, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Ooooh! How yummy! I wonder if I can find these in Shanghai. I never had them before. I do love ginger and surprised that it doesn’t tastes like it when they look almost identical. 🙂

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    shannon
    November 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    oooh, this looks like a great way to prepare them! i tried a roasted sunchoke soup last winter that was delicious 🙂

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    Kelly
    November 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I’ve never heard of the sunchoke before and I thought it was ginger at first! I’ll have to try this out one day, especially since it’s so easy to make 🙂

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