A friend gave me a small handful of Jerusalem Artichokes last spring.
Stuck them in the ground and since I could not get out and do anything
last year I had 4 large trees. I now have 3 good-sized buckets full
of the roots. They taste pretty good. Now to figure out what to do
with them. According to the Web they could replace Ex-Lax for some
First of all, now you have them for life...dig up all the roots you can
fine; what you missed will make a fine crop the next year. Other than the
usual boil and/or roast with herbs, they're good pickled. And yes, the
indigestible carbs could eliminate the need for fracking!
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/4 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
Go on the web and look for recipes for the chokes, also known as
Sunchokes. I've had some for years and in zone 9b at the time they
became a menace to the world, you have to get every little piece of root
out and burned or tossed to get rid of the things.
They are pretty tasty peeled and lightly fried and I have made pickled
chokes several times that are also tasty. Fried they give you mucho gas
and gastric distress, pickled, not so much. They are healthy though. The
Plains Indians used them and cultivated patches for many centuries. Have
not found a critter that will eat them or even attack them.
Finally moved back to Texas to get away from the damned things, they
will grow on concrete too.
They last a long time without care so are useful that way and the blooms
are like sunflowers so sort of pretty. Lots of luck!
I know someone who grows then simply to shade a western facing window so
that her house doesn't heat up in the late afternoon. She doesn't eat
them at all.
When I saw how lovely they looked at full height, I thought her idea of
using them for shade rather than for culinary purposes was a really good
I used to grow them many years ago but haven't had any for decades. I'd
have asked the shade grower to give me one or two of hers but she's one
of those miserable gardeners who always wants things but never gives
things. She's a rarity in having that sort of attitude amongst the
gardening fraternity in my experience.
These must have been at least 8 ft tall given the height of the windows.
I don't know. They were lush and green and I didn't touch them or go
near them so I can't say. They were certainly sturdy enough to hold the
head up and look gorgeous and once dry they may be solid enough to be
stakeish. I know the verbascums I have in my garden could be used as
stakes in a tripod conformation to climb beans on but certainly not to
drive into the ground type stakes.
Nah. She's just a bitch. She was given a whole lot of fibre and told
to pass it on to the member of a group of spinners to which I belong and
she kept the lot. The person who asked her to pass it on was livid.
She's been given a number of chances and sadly her unmarried daughter
(who lives with here) is becoming just like she is. But it is sad.
They are turning into hoarders and becoming isolated from the community.
When I had them they reached 2.5m (8ft) easily. Quite pretty, nice flowers.
I lost patience with them as the ones I had had wrinkly skins on the roots
(tubers? whatever) and held on to the dirt. It was quite an effort to clean
and peel them and you didn't get much food for your trouble, perhaps they
are better in lighter soil.
The stalks are like softish wood, they take a while to rot down in compost
so they might make a stake for a year or two. I wouldn't describe them as
sounds similar to the sunflower stalks, but perhaps
straighter. the sunflowers have such heavy heads that
the stalks end up bent over and not very tall.
all they have to do is hold up for a year or two.
but likely i'll not put them in here. i don't need
I don't recall any of the gastrointestinal effects people are
complaining about - However, we ALWAYS waited until after they had
frozen in the ground to harvest them, or they tasted awful/soapy. Peeled
and eaten raw is the way I recall as being best.
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