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Dr Oz recently talked about the benefits of eating Jerusalem Artichoke on his TV show. Dr. Michael T. Murray, author of 'What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn't Know' and 'Hunger Free Forever' says, when asked about the benefits of including Jerusalem Artichoke in your diet, "Jerusalem artichokes, like globe artichokes, are a rich source of inulin. Inulin is a polysaccharide, or starch, that is handled by the body differently from other sugars. In fact, inulin is not utilized by the body for energy metabolism. This makes Jerusalem artichokes extremely beneficial to diabetics. In fact, Jerusalem artichoke polysaccharides have actually been shown to improve blood sugar control. Since the body does not utilize the primary carbohydrate of Jerusalem artichoke, the calorie content is virtually nil, only 7 calories per 100 grams (roughly 31/2 ounces).
Jerusalem artichokes may also have some immune-enhancing activity, as inulin also has the ability to enhance a component of our immune system known as complement. Complement is responsible for increasing host defense mechanisms, such as neutralization of viruses, destruction of bacteria, and increased movement of white blood cells (neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, and lymphocytes) to areas of infection. Many medicinal plants, such as echinacea and burdock, owe much of their immune-enhancing effects to inulin. Jerusalem artichoke is one of the richest sources of inulin available.
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthosis tuberosus), also known as sunchoke, isn't an artichoke at all and it's not from Jerusalem. Sunchoke is a native American plant in the sunflower family. In fact, most people would call it a sunflower if they just saw it growing. Sunchoke will grow in every U.S. state from Alaska to Florida and everywhere in between due to its toughness and cold hardiness. The edible tubers' taste resembles a cross between a potato and a water chestnut. It is very high in vitamins and minerals and is a valuable food for diabetics and hypoglycemics. Sunchokes store very well if kept in the ground. A small amount of tubers can provide you with a lifetime of fresh sunchokes. They grow well in just about any type of soil and under adverse conditions.
I grow sunchokes year-round and ship before or after other suppliers have stopped shipping for the year as long as the weather isn't too frigid, which would damage the tubers in transit. Tubers are dug to order and aren't sitting around drying up or stored in a refrigerator. Sunchoke tubers store best in the ground. Tubers are shipped U.S. Priority Mail from central Texas. When you receive your tubers, be sure you keep them moist and cool (or refrigerated) until you can plant.
SORRY, SOLD OUT OF TUBERS UNTIL SPRING 2014