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Jerusalem Artichoke Recipe (Pickled Sunchokes)

Crunchy and sweet, sunchokes are perfect in this pickled sunchokes recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Brining/Pickling7 d
Total Time7 d 30 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Assyrian
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 41kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner



  • 2 quart water (divided)
  • ½ cup sea salt (divided)

Other Ingredients

  • 2 pound sunchokes/Jerusalem artichokes (cleaned, cut into chunks)
  • cups apple cider vinegar
  • cups distilled white vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon hot curry (mild may be used)
  • 1 habanero or serrano pepper (optional)


  • Thoroughly clean sunchokes to remove all the soil. Trim any dark spots, or knots and peel, as necessary. Cut into 1"-2" chunks

Brining Solution

  • Stir half of the salt into a quart of cold water, until dissolved.
  • Place sunchokes in a clean, sterilized jar. Cover with the brine solution.
  • Leave the lid untightened to allow the gases to escape. 
  • Place the bottle in a dark location for one week. Check the bottled sunchokes after three days. 
  • When the brine gets murky and gases float to the surface, drain the old brine and make a new batch using the remaining salt. Soak the sunchokes in the new brine for four more days. 

Pickling Solution

  • Once the sunchokes have been brining for at least one week, remove them from the brine and rinse them off with fresh, cold water.
  • Place vinegar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir the curry into the vinegar until combined. 
  • Allow the vinegar to cool slightly (for approximately five minutes). Add sunchokes, garlic, parsley, and habanero pepper (if using).
  • Add to sterilized jars and store in the refrigerator.
  • The pickled sunchokes will be ready to eat after three days but will taste better the longer they’re allowed to pickle.


  • Never tighten the jar lid during the brining process, the bottle can burst as a result of the gases being released from the sunchokes.
  • Pickled sunchokes will be ready to eat in as little as three days after pickling them in the vinegar solution. However, the longer they pickle the more flavor they will absorb.
  • If you prefer canning the pickles instead of storing them in the refrigerator, be sure to pack the sunchokes in jars that have been properly sterilized. Boil sealed jars in a water bath for at least five minutes before storing them in a cool, dark location.
  • If you find the pickling solution too strong, you can replace some of the vinegar with salted water. Use the ratio found in my pickled carrots recipe.
  • Plastic or glass containers are perfect for storing pickles. For longer, unrefrigerated storage, use the following sterilization/canning directions.


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.99g | Protein: 1.13g | Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 880.24mg | Potassium: 329.59mg | Fiber: 0.91g | Sugar: 5.92g | Vitamin A: 11.34IU | Vitamin C: 2.27mg | Calcium: 16.22mg | Iron: 2.16mg