Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes, look very similar to ginger root, but are actually small tubers. They are an excellent alternative to potatoes, especially for diabetics.

The leaves of this plant have been used for centuries to treat jaundice and liver conditions. More recently they have been shown to lower cholesterol.

Jerusalem artichokes can be eaten raw and are more nutritious with the peels. Those who are sensitive to gas-producing vegetables may want to try eating only small amounts at first or avoid eating them raw.

Serving size: 1 cup, sliced
Region: Eastern United States

Health Benefits

Blood Sugar Recommended as a potato substitute for diabetics. May assist in blood sugar control.
Colon Encourage growth of good intestinal bacteria. May cause gas for some when eaten raw.


Iron 5.1 mg 34%
Potassium 643 mg 18%
Vitamin B1/Thiamin 0.3 mg 20%
Vitamin B3/Niacin 2 mg 10%
Vitamin B5/Pantothetic Acid 0.6 mg 6%