This name was given to soup made from Jerusalem artichokes for obvious reasons. In reality, however, artichokes have nothing to do with Jerusalem. The word was a corruption of the Italian girasole, sunflower, and Jerusalem artichokes belong to the sunflower family.
Palestine soup has been made in many parts of England for centuries but this particular recipe comes from Somerset. It is one of the best white soups in the world.
Peel the artichokes; the irregular shape of the roots means that there will be some waste but about
In the saucepan in which the artichokes were cooked, melt the remaining butter and stir in the flour. Cook for 1 minute and then slowly stir in the artichoke purée, allowing it to come just to the boil. The result should be a soup of the consistency of thin cream. Stir in the cream, check the seasoning and serve very hot, sprinkling each bowl with chopped parsley.
©1980 The Estate of Elizabeth Ayrton