Jerusalem Artichoke - Knowledgebase Question

San Jose, CA
Question by parentsch
November 30, 1999
I have been searching for some information on Jerusalem artichokes. I would very much appreciate if you could tell me if the Jerusalem artichoke is a starchy vegetable, like the parsnip, or rutabaga?


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Answer from NGA
November 30, 1999

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Jerusalem artichokes are members of the sunflower family (Helianthus tuberosus). They're perennials and are grown as a commercial crop. The tubers are edible, sometimes called "sunchokes". The tubers are starchy and crisp and are cooked just like potatoes.

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