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Recipe for Winter Soup with Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes have become one of my winter veggies that greatly add to my seasonal eating. In Canada, the Jerusalem artichokes that I used to buy were a beige colour. In Provence, I’ve often seen them as a beautiful magenta colour.

The French and Jerusalem Artichokes (Topinambour)

Topinambour was one of the few vegetables, if not one of the only ones, available during WWII in France.…Continue reading here for Ashely’s full post. The recipe is below.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup @CuriousProvence

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

Creamy potatoes and artichokes with a delightful spicy kick from fresh roasted Cumin. A unique and satisfying soup that will leave you well sated.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 2 people


  • 500 g Jerusalem Artichokes scrubbed and cut into small pieces
  • 2 Floury potatoes peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 medium onion finely sliced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds to your liking
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower oil


  • Add the cumin to a dry saucepan and roast on a low heat for 30 seconds or until you can smell it.
  • Add the tablespoon of oil and cook the onions on a low heat until translucent.
  • About 8 minutes.
  • Add the Jerusalem artichoke and potato.
  • Add enough water or vegetable stock until just covered.
  • Cover the pan, then simmer for 25 minutes or until tender.
  • Blend in a mixer until smooth.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with a dribble of creme fraiche or thick cream and cumin seeds to garnish.
  • Eat with large chunks of country style bread.
  • *You can peel the artichokes if you like but it isn’t necessary.
  • It all depends on how much patience you have!
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Ashley Tinker

Ashley was born and raised in Montréal, Canada. She has always been drawn to the history, way of life and beauty of Europe. Her feelings for Europe were reconfirmed while studying art in Florence, Italy. Ashley says that stone buildings, colourful shutters and terra cotta tile rooftops fill her dreams and now her days.

Ashley moved to Provence in 2014 with her partner Robin (he also shares her Francophile passions). They are in search of the French joie de vivre, which they find at every turn in the local markets and natural beauty of Provence. This couple are indulging in local olives and wine as the Provencal sunshine changes craggy rocks into things of beauty.

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