Local Foods in March: Jerusalem artichokes and fava greens

The big greenmarket at Union Square in Manhattan was jammed yesterday due to the pseudo spring weather. I went there hoping for a taste of the real thing, and while disappointed in that regard — most of the produce still came from winter storage — I got the usual lift from buying, and later cooking, ingredients straight from the farm.

What was available? In the fruit department, still nothing but apples. The vegetables were divided into two camps:

1) Roots, roots and more roots, including potatoes, onions (many
varieties), parsnips, celeriac, carrots (yellow and orange) and Jerusalem artichokes.

2) Sprouts and micro-greens, including fava greens, pea shoots, corn sprouts and sunflower sprouts, among others.

I chose the Jerusalem artichokes, also known as sunchokes, and fava greens.

There are countless ways to prepare Jerusalem artichokes. One that I learned from Marcella Hazan is a gratin with butter and parmesan. But I like them even better raw, in which state they are crisp and crunchy like water chestnuts, but with a slightly sweet, nutty taste.

Combined with the fava greens in a salad, they actually do taste of spring. Here’s the recipe:

3 c. fava green leaves (stems removed)
1 c. Jerusalem artichokes, peeled (or well-scrubbed) and sliced
1 tbsp. minced red onion
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Toss the greens with enough olive oil to lightly coat the leaves, a few drops of lemon juice and salt and pepper. Scatter the slices of Jerusalem artichoke on top, and then the red onion. Drizzle with a little more olive oil. Serve and enjoy.


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3 Responses to Local Foods in March: Jerusalem artichokes and fava greens

  1. Anonymous April 22, 2009 at 9:10 am #

    Dear Ms. Eisenberg:

    God bless your daughter, Sophie; she followed her heart and peformed a beautiful act of love and respect for life, indiscriminately. We all hope she is the example of how the next generation will treat this precious earth that links us all together.

    Thank you for that wonderful story and for all your writings that enlighten others on protecting the only world we have!

  2. Anonymous May 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    Thank god for people like your daughter. I can’t imagine anyone walking past an injured animal and leaving it there to suffer. I’m surprised and somewhat disappointed that a writer of a green living blog would have left it there and thinks that most people would have, but it’s nice to see you’ve had a change of heart. I volunteer for a wildlife nonprofit, and we have MANY people calling daily about injured wildlife, people just like your daughter. Now, most of them probably wouldn’t have spent 7 weeks nursing a dove back to health, but they definitely would stop to help and get it to a rehabilitator. Thanks for the story and to your daughter.

  3. Sheryl May 10, 2009 at 5:52 am #

    A note to readers who may be confused by the above comments — they were apparently meant for a different one of my posts: “My Daughter Saved the World” at http://thisgreenblog.com/2009/04/my-daughter-saved-world.html.

    – Sheryl