So how do we use these little tubers? Well, they can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of ways - steaming is the best way to retain their crunchy texture, I'm told - and they are slightly sweet and nutty, something like water chestnuts. Delicious and full of goodness as they are, they have something of a reputation for causing wind in some people but on the other hand some also believe they make a healthy food choice for patients with Type 2 diabetes because they contain fructose which is better tolerated than sucrose. But that is for your doctor to advise you about, not me. I just see them as little bundles of yumminess - and that's whichever way you choose to eat them. Apparently they are also used as animal food. That's reasonable, I suppose. After all, why should we be the only ones to enjoy them,
I've been tempted to grow my own Jerusalem artichokes because they are hardy, pretty and prolific but, because even a tiny fragment can sprout, which means they are potentially invasive weeds, I've resisted. Instead I'm very happy to rely on the skills of commercial growers.
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