The super spectacular sunroot (sun-what!?)
Don’t know what Sunroot is? Perhaps you would know what I was taking about if I called it Jerusalem artichoke or sunchoke instead? Well, they are the same thing and sunroot has a selection of other names, including: Sunchoke, Earth apple and topinambour, but we like sunroot the best! Sunroot is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America. The plant itself can grow up to three metres tall! Sunroot plants have large tubers, and these are packed full of nutrients.
Unlike other tubers, such as potatoes, that store their carbohydrates as starch, sunroot tubers store theirs as inulin (not to be mistaken for insulin). Jerusalem artichokes are often used in food manufacturing as a source of dietary fibre, our sunroot products however come in a more natural and raw form. Sunroot sounds like a happy ingredient to add to your diet and it is, but I can understand the associated time and thought it takes to add a new ingredient into your cooking! I will endeavour to tell you about all the benefits of sunroot, as well as give you some easy ways to incorporate it into your cooking and baking!
So, what are the benefits of sunroot?
Sunroot has a load of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals that provide a range of health benefits. The most amazing thing about sunroot however is not its high levels of Vitamin B1 or its essential minerals - these are of course great too-, but instead is its exceptionally high concentration of inulin. A staggering three quarters of the fibre in sunroot is inulin, but what is inulin?
Inulin is a type of prebiotic fibre; prebiotic fibre is indigestible to humans but (there are health benefits I promise) instead help to nourish and protect the good bacteria found in your body (the kind that fight off the nasty bacteria) therefore helping you to maintain a healthy gut and digestive system.
The benefits don’t stop there! Here are our top 4 reasons why we think you should start introducing Sunroot into your cooking:
1. Support the functioning of our muscles and nervous system.
Sunroot is packed full of Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, which enables the body to use carbohydrates effectively as energy. Vitamin B1 helps your body to metabolise glucose, providing it with the essential energy for the effective functioning of your muscles and nervous system. The Vitamin B1 in sunroot also enables you to extract and convert the nutrients from your food into useable energy. You’ll be running, skipping and jumping around in no time!
2. Start your day full of energy.
Sunroot has high levels of both copper and iron – both of which give a huge energy kick, so it is a great ingredient to use at breakfast! Iron also boosts haemoglobin formation and increases brain functioning, so you will be ready for all the challenges of a long day.
3. Support your digestive system.
Sunroot is an excellent source of dietary fibre, including inulin. As mentioned above inulin helps to restore your good gut flora, as well as to maintain a healthy digestive tract.
4. Boost your immune system.
Sunroot has further benefits, including supporting your body in maintaining an effective and efficient immune system. Sunroot contains small amounts of antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C, E and A, that can help the body to eliminate free radicals and unhealthy bacteria.
And, what does Sunroot taste of?
Sunroot has a crunchy texture and mildly sweet flavour that is not overpowering, this means that it is versatile and you can add it to a range of recipes for an extra nutritious kick, including baked goods!
How can I use sunroot?
You can use our sunroot powder in a variety of ways and you can easily add it into your already tried and tested recipes. Our sunroot powder is great for breakfast and we suggest mixing it into or sprinkling it on top of your morning yoghurt or porridge, to give it an added sweetness and crunch. You can also add our Sunroot powder to smoothies and soups.
Our sunroot powder is very versatile and you can add it to most of your classic baking recipes, such as cookies, muffins or pancakes! Our powder blends perfectly into bakes and I find that it seriously helps to reduce the guilt when you polish off the last cookie or slice of cake!
Alternatively, try our sunroot crisps. You can add our sunroot crips to yoghurt, porridge or smoothie bowls for an added nutritious crunch. Both of these products are raw, organic and gluten-free. In terms of dosage, one should add no more than 1-2 tsp of powder or a sprinkling of sunroot crips to a dish or recipe.
Our latest recipe of Sunroot pancakes with apple and cinnamon is now on our website. This recipe uses our organic sunroot powder in the pancake batter. These pancakes take just 15 minutes to make and cook so you can have a delicious and nutritious breakfast cooked up in no time! Our sunroot pancakes are also great for making with kids, as you can add a range of ingredients and toppings to suit all taste buds!