Have you heard about artichoke? This vegetable is similar to a potato and has become a hit in recent years thanks to its incredible medicinal properties. Artichoke, also known as Helianthus tuberosus is a plant which has been used in traditional medicine for a long time. Artichokes are low on calories (only 73 per 100 gr.), which makes the plant ideal for weight loss. It is safe to use for people with disorders in the digestive flora thanks to the rich fiber content which can improve your digestion.
Rich in essential vitamins and minerals
Jerusalem artichoke is rich in potassium, a mineral which can regulate your blood pressure as well as the proper function of your heart and muscles. Potassium also regulates the water levels in the body and the transmission of nerve impulses. Half a cup of Jerusalem artichoke contains 20% of the daily recommended allowance of the mineral, but it also contains other nutrients such as insulin, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins A, B, C and D as well as essential amino acids. The vegetable can be consumed raw, baked or boiled, but people prefer to use it raw in salads.
However, in order to properly benefit from it, we suggest preparing a homemade artichoke soup. Here’s how:
- 4 artichoke tubers
- 2 carrots
- 1 parsley root with leaves
- A tablespoon of gluten-free flour
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 150 gr. of boiled potatoes
- A pinch of salt
Chop the carrots and parsley, then fry them in some olive oil. Once they’re brown, add some flour and a liter of salty water. In the meantime, peel the artichokes and cut them into cubes, then add the other vegetables to the mixture and cook the soup until the potatoes and artichokes are soft.
Here’s how to prepare artichoke salad:
- 0.5 kg. of artichokes
- 0.5 kg. of apples
- Orange juice (from one orange)
- Olive oil
Peel the apples and artichokes and grate them, then pour the orange juice over them along a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix everything well and serve the salad fresh.