Chinese artichoke season
The Chinese artichoke is a winter vegetable, commonly eaten during our grandparents' time but unjustly forgotten today.
Nutritional value of the Chinese artichoke
The Chinese artichoke is a dietary vegetable (75 kilocalories per 100 grammes) that contains protein, carbohydrates and no fat. It is rich in nutrients, including starch, sugar and mineral salts.
Chinese artichoke varieties
Originally from China, the Chinese artichoke belongs to the species Stachys affinis.
Chinese artichoke facts
The tubers are shaped like strings of beads, due to their successive swellings. It has a slightly sweet, nutty flavour similar to oyster plant or artichoke. It keeps for several days in the vegetable crisper and can be frozen. It can also be preserved in vinegar.
The Chinese artichoke looks like a caterpillar or a string of beads. © Wikimedia Commons
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