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Jerusalem Artichokes
« on: July 11, 2009, 07:53:15 AM »
I was watching Saturday Kitchen on TV earlier, and one of the viewers rang in asking what they could make with a Jerusalem artichoke. The chefs said to treat it like a potato, etc., and also commented on its undesirable effects if you eat too much of it. I had never heard of any of it before. The only artichokes I know about are the ones that look a bit like a cross between a flower and a cabbage, so I looked it up on Wiki and found this bit, which made me laugh, because as I read it I was hearing it in the voice of Steven Fry, in a booming, boorish tone:



"which way soever they be dressed and eaten, they stir and cause a filthy loathsome stinking wind within the body, thereby causing the belly to be pained and tormented, and are a meat more fit for swine than men."

(Gerard's Herbal, printed in 1621, quotes the English planter John Goodyer on Jerusalem artichokes)

Turns out that the inulin within the vegetable doesn't agree with some people, leading to flatulence and gastric pain.



Classic. Why don't people talk like that any more? :grin:
« Last Edit: July 11, 2009, 07:53:51 AM by Ed »
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