Jerusalem artichoke

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Plant with flowers (1)
Tubers (2)

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Uncertain, possible corruption of Italian girasole articiocco (sunflower artichoke), with girasole mistaken for the word Jerusalem via folk etymology[1].

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Jerusalem artichoke (plural Jerusalem artichokes)

  1. a variety of sunflower, Helianthus tuberosus, native to North America, having yellow flower heads and edible tubers
  2. the tuber of this plant, eaten as a vegetable; the sunchoke

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