Sunchokes may look gnarly, but they’re loaded with nutrients
In the fairy-tale vegetable kingdom, the sunchoke is the ugly beast. And while they may never bring home the trophy for good looks, sunchokes win our undying love for their notable nutrient profile and sweet nutty flavour.
With about 100 calories per cup and an impressive amount of iron, sunchokes are a low-calorie swap for potatoes or root vegetables. Most impressively, they’re one of the top sources of inulin fibre, a unique prebiotic that helps feed and nourish our healthy gut bacteria. In fact, one study found that consuming inulin fibre from sunchokes for three weeks significantly boosted participants’ healthy gut bacteria levels.
Top tip for sunchoke virgins
Take it slow. There’s a reason they’re often affectionately called “fartchokes.” If your gut isn’t used to inulin and you go hog wild on these little tubers, you might feel a wee bit uncomfortable.
No worries, we got you. Blending and extending our sunchokes with other familiar veggies and ingredients as we do in this salad helps minimize the gas attack while still delivering the happy-gut benefits.
The sunchoke is a welcome addition to any salad
In this recipe, we roast them quickly to bring out their natural sweetness, but in a pinch, you can slice them thinly on a mandoline and serve raw. While the pairings are endless, we love our chokes with a bounty of nutritious flavours. Daintily shredded brussels sprouts and endive pack a host of anti-cancer compounds, while sweet pear and tangy cranberries offer a juicy bite, plus antioxidants to boot!
Topped off with a sprinkle of crunchy kasha, the naturally gluten-free toasted version of buckwheat, you’ve got yourself a satisfying new go-to side.