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NAME GAME: Jerusalem artichokes may not actually be artichokes, but that makes them no less delicious if prepared right, according to TAFE NSW cooking guru Sara Morley.
Names can be misleading: sweet breads are actually animal innards, buffalo wings are made of chicken and serving a urinal cake up for dessert won’t impress your house guests.
And, as Sara Morley from TAFE NSW reminded listeners on her popular ABC Riverina TAFE Buds segment this morning, Jerusalem artichokes are (spoiler alert) 100 per cent artichoke free.
They are, in fact, a type of sunflower with a lumpy, brown skin that resembles a ginger root.
Ms Morley said the Jerusalem artichoke had a very narrow window of being in season – from early July to mid-August – and urged listeners to keep their eyes peeled at local farmers’ markets and grocery stores.
“They are fabulous eating, with a rich, umami flavour when you get into the middle of them,” Ms Morley told presenter Sally Bryant.
“You can do so much with them, including roasting them up and adding them to a risotto, roast lamb or soup.
“They’re only in season for a short period so I’d encourage those who haven’t tried them to give them a go.”
Ms Morley suggested tossing them through olive oil and adding salt and pepper, before roasting them and serving in a Jerusalem artichoke, blood orange and hazelnut salad, with a sprinkling of shaved local truffle to finish it off.
“Even though we don’t typically think of salads during winter, this one is served warm and makes a delicious entrée or side dish,” Ms Morley said.
“Truffles are one of those foods you either love or hate but I think a lot of people don’t want to be converted because of the cost.” (Truffles can cost between $1000 and $3000 a kilo!)
Ms Morley said locally grown truffles, largely from the Tumbarumba and Batlow area, would soon be appearing in local delis and reminder listeners that despite the prohibitive cost, a little truffle went a long way.
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Jerusalem Artichoke, Blood Orange and Hazelnut Salad (Makes two entrees or four side dishes)
½ kg Jerusalem Artichokes
2 tablespoons olive oil plus 1 tablespoon for dressing
4 Blood Oranges plus juice of another x 1
2 teaspoons Sherry or Cider Vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon honey
50g hazelnuts (chopped roughly)
1 teaspoon cumin
100g fetta (crumbled)
Optional: Shaved Black Truffle