Tomato and Jerusalem artichoke soup

When I was a child, my parents introduced me to Jerusalem artichokes but all I can remember from that time is eating them like boiled potatoes. Many moons later, as an adult, I moved to a village just outside Leeds (West Yorkshire) and discovered an organic farm on my doorstep. It was through this that I became reacquainted with the artichokes and started experimenting.

Today was one such occasion. Jerusalem artichokes are ideal for creating a thick, nutty flavoured soup and because of their thickening qualities I wondered if they would do the honours with tomatoes. These I have in abundance from the garden, along with a handful of my very own tubers.

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The soup was actually a little too sweet for my liking but I am nonetheless proud of the fact that almost all the ingredients, if not grown at home, were organic and produced within a couple of miles from where I live.

So this is the list:

One onion chopped
A handful of Jerusalem artichokes chopped
A handful of tomatoes chopped
Garlic (I used two cloves) minced
An inch of fresh ginger minced
A nob of butter
Salt and pepper to taste
A handful of basil leaves (well, as many as I could pick from the ailing plant)

First, I melted the butter in the slow cooker, then added the onions to soften. The tomatoes and artichokes went in next and I left them until they too were soft – really until the artichokes were soft, as the tomatoes took no time at all. After a blast with the hand-held blender, I added the basil, salt and pepper, then served with home-made pumpkin bread (and I mean bread, NOT cake).

I didn’t get my daughter to eat the soup (not yet) but she did concede that the bread was as nice as the one we ate at Old Sleningford Farm, where we do voluntary work and learn about permaculture once a month👍.

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8 Responses to Tomato and Jerusalem artichoke soup

  1. ionut barbu says:

    Hi Helen .
    Very interesting recipe , might give it a try next spring when the Jerusalem artichokes will be back in season .
    This year I planted some for the first time and looking forward to see how they grow .
    What varieties do you have ?
    Best wishes .
    Ionuț

    • Helen says:

      I can’t remember which variety of Jerusalem artichokes I grow but year on year they produce a bigger crop.

      As for the tomatoes, this year the variety is Marmande, I think (not at home right now to check). Each year I grow something different, trying to find one I am happy with.

      The first variety of tomatoes I had was brilliant but sadly I didn’t note its name. It would be great to find such a heavy cropper again, though.

      Anyway, thanks for finding and looking in on my blog 😊.

      Best wishes, Helen

      • ionut barbu says:

        Hi Helen .
        Might be the common British Jerusalem artichokes , quite knobbly and white aren’t they ?
        I’ve got some like them from one allotment neighbor and a slightly slimmer and longer variety , possibly Fuseau , from another neighbor .
        I have the same problem with writing the names of plants , trying to be more organised now 🙂 .
        I have the Marmande seeds but couldn’t grow them yet .
        Two years bad for tomatoes , blight all over .
        This year I grow Red cherry already in the garden 2 plants and San Marzano , still on the windowsill very small plants .
        It’s great to find your website and thank you growing ideas .
        By the way , do you grow your chillies as perennials ?
        Best wishes .
        Ionuț

        • Helen says:

          The JAs are Fuseau, I remember now 😊

          I have attempted to keep chilli peppers growing as perennials but outside in winter it is too cold and inside they get eaten by aphids. In theory it is possible, though.

          I hope your tomatoes do well, Ionut.

          • ionut barbu says:

            Hi Helen .

            I’ve grown cayenne chilli last year indoors and they did well .
            Some of the plants survived and this year they doing great !
            I’ve noticed the chillies are even bigger .
            The only little problem is that I have to pollinate them with a cotton bud 🙂 .
            Looking forward to tasty JA in the next spring .

            Best wishes

          • Helen says:

            Hi Ionut, good to hear about your success with chilli peppers. Do you get any aphids on them?

          • ionut barbu says:

            Hi Helen . Not so much , when they do it’s a short journey 🙂

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