I went out today in the drizzle and dug up some of my Jerusalem artichokes. The soil is based on London clay, so it just sticks to your boots, your spade, your fork, your bucket, hands.. anything it touches. After washing them in a bucket of cold water - my hands nearly froze, I had the most wonderful lunch. The taste of these fartichokes is very similar to that of the globe artichoke (you know, the one that looks like a thistle) but they are related in no way. Jerusalem fartichokes have a very complex carbohydrate structure which makes them very good for diabetics or anyone following a glycemic index (GI) diet. The side effects of this wonderful but windy vegetable are just beginning to become apparent to me!