Actually a tuber, the sunchoke looks like a small, bumpy potato or ginger root. The knobby, thin-skinned exterior is usually tannish-gold to cream colored but some varieties are reddish or purplish.
Granny Smith Apples
Granny Smith apples have a bright green skin that is often speckled with faint white lenticels (spots). Medium to large in size and round in shape, they are a firm and juicy apple with thick skin.
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Sunchokes can be available year-round, but may be in short supply during summer. Sunchokes offer a sweeter flavor in fall and winter.
Once strictly a specialty food, this vegetable is now becoming more widely available in markets everywhere.
Actually a tuber, the sunchoke looks like a small, bumpy potato or ginger root. The knobby, thin-skinned exterior is usually tannish-gold to cream colored but some varieties are reddish or purplish. Sweet and quite delicate, the crisp, white flesh has almost a sweetly fresh nutty taste with subtle hints of artichoke heart and salsify. Ivory and crunchy, the chewy texture is quite similar to jicama or a water chestnut.
Containing more than three times the iron as an equal serving of broccoli, sunchokes offer a generous amount of the carbohydrate inulin, plus vitamin B and vitamin C. Because of their generous amount of inulin, this vegetable is tolerated well by diabetics. Four ounces contains about 60 calories.
Sunchokes are often cooked in combination with other root vegetables. Diced sunchokes and add to diced potatoes and onions, cook in broth and puree into soup. Sliced thinly and sautee with onions and garlic until browned. Cover sliced sunchokes with vinegar, salt and mustard seeds, then let sit up to a week to pickle. Saute diced sunchokes in butter until brown, add cream, then puree and toss with cooked spinach for "creamed spinach". Depending on freshness when purchased, raw sunchokes can be stored one to three weeks. Refrigerate cooked sunchokes; use within two days.
An overnight success, sunchokes became part of the French larder at the beginning of the seventeenth century. The sunchoke is a main ingredient in Algerian recipes for couscous.
Known as the Jerusalem artichoke since the seventeenth century, fairly recently it has finally been more appropriately referred to as the "sunchoke". A member of the sunflower genus, Helianthus tuberosus, the original Native American name of "sun root" is said to be the most appropriate.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Searsucker Del Mar||San Diego CA||858-369-5700|
|The Shores||La Jolla CA||858-459-8271|
|Solterra Winery +Kitchen||Encinitas CA||760-230-2970|
|Catania La Jolla||La Jolla CA||619-295-3173|
|Inn at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-381-8289|
|Cal A Vie||Vista CA||760-945-2055|
|Roy's La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-455-1616|
|Golden Door||San Marcos CA||760-761-4142|
|Brooklyn Girl||San Diego CA||619-296-4600|
|ARHE Cuisine Corporation||San Diego CA||619-564-8970|
|Delicia's||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-756-8000|
|Prepkitchen Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-792-7737|
|Four Seasons Residence Club||Carlsbad CA||760-603-3700|
|Pamplemousse Grill||Solana Beach CA||858-792-9090|
|Table 926||San Diego CA||858-539-0926|
|Ritual Tavern||San Diego CA||619-283-1618|
|Prepkitchen Little Italy||San Diego CA||619-247-0394|
|Mesa College||San Diego CA||619-388-2240|
|Bertrand at Mr A's||San Diego CA||619-239-1377|
|Miho Gastrotruck||San Diego CA||619-867-4295|
|Kettner Exchange||San Diego CA||312-415-5455|
|The Bellows||San Marcos CA||619-395-6325|
|Turquoise Coffee||San Diego CA||858-412-5377|
|Great Maple||San Diego CA||619-255-2282|
|The Crossings||Carlsbad CA||760-444-1800|
|Solare Ristorante Lounge||San Diego CA||619-270-9670|
|The Cork and Craft||San Diego CA||858-618-2463|
|Georges at the Cove||San Diego CA||858-454-4244|
|Lauberge Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-259-1515|
|Wine Vault & Bistro||San Diego CA||619-295-3939|
Recipes that include Sunchokes. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Hunter Angler Gardener Cook||White Sturgeon with Sunchock Puree|
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