Pickled Sunchoke Recipe

Thanks to the prebiotic nature of sunchoke roots, pickled sunchoke aids in digestion and helps maintain healthy gut flora.

  • Pickled Sunchokes are an excellent addition to the winter table. These root veggies stimulate the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, which offers benefits throughout the body.
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Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are a powerful winter herbal remedy when pickled, tinctured, or made into a tea because they contain prebiotics that help maintain healthy digestive function. Medicinal benefits aside, the taste is reason alone to treat your gut to these tasty pickled sunchokes.


• 1 pound sunchokes
• 2 cups rice vinegar
• 1-1/2 cups white sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground
• black pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
• 1 large clove garlic, smashed
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder


1. Scrub unpeeled sunchokes and slice into pieces about 1⁄4-inch thick. Set aside.

2. Combine remaining ingredients in a small pot, bring to a boil over medium heat, and stir.

3. Pour hot liquid over sunchokes in a nonreactive bowl. Allow to cool. Transfer to a lidded jar; refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and consume within 1 week.

Get more recipes and advice on gardening for wintertime health in Winter Herbal Remedies from the Medicinal Garden.

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