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It's been a while since I've blogged on here since I've been posting recipe and lifestyle videos on my YouTube channel
I share with you this tajine of Batata Terfess or also known as batata gossbiya بطاطا ترفاس. Batata terfess is not to be confused with the famous truffles or terfess of southern Algeria. Batata terfess as they are known in North Africa/Algeria are Jerusalem artichokes, (also called sunchokes or earth apples) are delicious tubers that act quite similarly to potatoes when cooked yet have the delightful taste of artichokes. They originate from a plant that looks like a sunflower, and are not artichokes or from Jerusalem, so how the name Jerusalem artichoke came about is debated. Most likely it was a misunderstanding over the Italian word for sunflower, girasole. No matter the name, Jerusalem artichokes are delicious — nutty, crunchy when raw and super nutritious.
Jerusalem artichokes are available in North African and the Mediterranean from Autumn to late winter in your local farmers market. Store loosely wrapped in a paper towel placed in a resealable plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
There are many ways to prepare this vegetable, with or without meat, in white sauce or red sauce or in soup or mashed potatoes. Or in this tadjine that my family just loves.
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Video recipe for Algerian style Jerusalem artichokes below