This week also sees Jerusalem Artichokes going into the boxes. These always get a mixed response from box customers and we usually field a number of phone calls from people wondering a) what they are and b) how do you cook them?
Jerusalem Artichokes are not related to Globe Artichokes at all. They are the tubers of a type of sunflower and the 'Jerusalem' is simply an abstraction of the Italian name Girasole - (translating roughly as 'turning to the sun'.)
They do take a deal of scrubbing but it is helpful to soak them in cold water for a few minutes before you try. No need to peel though.
One or two recipe suggestions here...
Jerusalem Artichokes 600g
B's will get a Pepper instead of potatoes
D's will get a further 800g Potatoes and a portion of Purple Sprouting Broccoli
E's will get one Red Pepper and one Green
L's and M's will get these additions and also a Lettuce
Q's will also get some Bananas and a Grapefruit.