Later, when they were east of Roma, someone gave her the gift of a Jerusalem artichoke.
--Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
Jerusalem artichokes are actually native to the US, so I don't know how that particular artichoke made it to Roma. They do taste surprisingly like artichoke hearts. For some reason they have this reputation for being "difficult," but I found mine very easy to cook.
I steamed my artichoke with fresh ginger (yay farmers market!) and it's shown here with an Autumn Gala apple, some homemade yogurt, and a loaf of oatmeal bread.
I wonder how Hana cooked hers...