[NAFEX] Sunchokes

Luffman, Margie Margie.Luffman at AGR.GC.CA
Mon Sep 14 11:55:08 EDT 2009

I have grown Jerusalem artichokes deliberately for years. My mother used to make artichoke bread and people lined up to get a loaf. They also make a wonderful addition to poultry dressing or even just put in the bottom of the roast pan where they absorb the juices and get crispy. 

Margie Luffman, Curator, Canadian Clonal Genebank
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-----Original Message-----
From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of mIEKAL aND
Sent: September 14, 2009 11:50 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Sunchokes

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

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


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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