Jerusalem artichoke 1

Jerusalem artichoke 1

Just before Christmas my mum gave me a bag of home-grown Jerusalem artichokes she’d just harvested in her own garden. These strangely shaped tubers immediately reminded me of the ugly, ferocious looking Orcs from the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring movies.

For that reason I wanted to photograph them in such way that their textures and their protrusions were clearly shown. These features were accentuated by using strong sight-lighting. The dark and moody atmosphere was further emphasized by shooting the Jerusalem artichokes in front of a black background. 

Despite their wild appearance the Jerusalem artichokes are perfectly edible. They taste a bit like sweet potato with a nutty accent. The tubers are often used uncooked in salads and side-dishes. They don’t need to be peeled before consumption but it is definitely recommended to brush the sand out of all the holes and crevices!

Jerusalem artichoke 2

Jerusalem artichoke 2

Jerusalem artichoke 3

Jerusalem artichoke 3

Jerusalem artichoke 4

Jerusalem artichoke 4

Jerusalem artichoke 5

Jerusalem artichoke 5

Jerusalem artichoke 6

Jerusalem artichoke 6

Jerusalem artichoke 7

Jerusalem artichoke 7

Jersusalem artichokes, Orck-like creatures growing underground

Jersusalem artichokes, Orck-like creatures growing underground

Just before Christmas my mum gave me a bag of home-grown Jerusalem artichokes she’d just harvested in her own garden. These strangely shaped tubers immediately reminded me of the ugly, ferocious looking Orcs from the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring movies.

For that reason I wanted to photograph them in such way that their textures and their protrusions were clearly shown. These features were accentuated by using strong sight-lighting. The dark and moody atmosphere was further emphasized by shooting the Jerusalem artichokes in front of a black background.

Despite their wild appearance the Jerusalem artichokes are perfectly edible. They taste a bit like sweet potato with a nutty accent. The tubers are often used uncooked in salads and side-dishes. They don’t need to be peeled before consumption but it is definitely recommended to brush the sand out of all the holes and crevices!