[NAFEX] Sunchokes

mIEKAL aND qazingulaza at gmail.com
Mon Sep 14 11:50:04 EDT 2009


I just harvest my groundnut for the first time even tho I have a very
old patch.  I got about 5 gallons of roots & tuberous underground
vines (for lack of the proper term) in about 6 square feet.  I'm
growing a variety I got from Will Bonsall who back then was doing a
breeding project.

I notice the farther out you harvest the smaller the tubers get.

For the first ten years it was spreading very slowly but the last
couple years it has been gaining momentum & has decided it really
likes to cover all my grape trellissing which has prompted me to start
harvesting.

I also cooked up a big meal of them yesterday & was surprised how much
they do taste like a potato, especially slathered in butter.  The
skins really needed to be removed because they were pretty leathery.
My very biggest ones were the size of a plum & most were a lot
smaller.

~mIEKAL

On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 10:39 AM,  <Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov> wrote:
> I effectively killed a patch of sunchokes off by ignoring them for a
> year, then by mowing the area routinely with the rest of the lawn....
>
> I am still trying to establish Apios.  I planted 6, 1 is barely
> surviving. The deer have broken down my post and wire barriers to get to
> them!
>
> Betsy Hilborn
> 7a NC



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