Girasole or Jerusalem artichoke
The vegetable, resembling a potato, is served cooked. The carbohydrate insulin stored in this tuber yields fructose useful in the treatment of diabetes. It is a tuber-bearing sunflower native to North America. The above green part of the plant is a coarse, usually multi-branched, frost-tender annual, 7 to 10 feet tall, numerous showy flowerheads appearing in late summer or early autumn, have yellow ray-flowers. The underground tubers vary from oblong to much elongated regular to rough and branched. Jerusalem artichokes are very popular as cooked vegetable in Europe and have long been cultivated in France as a stock feed. In the United States, it is rarely cultivated but small quantities are used in making pickles, relishes and dietary preparations.
Benefit and uses of Girasole or Jerusalem artichoke.
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