Wednesday, December 04, 2013
The edible portion of this member of the sunflower family is the tuber or swollen end of the underground stem, which in some respects resembles a potato. However, unlike most starchy vegetables, the principal storage carbohydrate in sunchokes immediately after harvest is inulin rather than starch. When consumed the inulin is converted in the digestive tract to fructose rather than glucose, which can be tolerated by diabetics.
The tuber has a slight nutty flavor & can be used in salads or cooked like a potato.