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Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke)

Helianthus tuberosus

1 gallon pot

 

This valuable perennial is native in all but 3 of the lower 48 states and has been a food source to humans, livestock, deer, birds and pollinators. A member of the sunflower family, these tall plants produce beautiful, golden, daisy-like flowers in late summer/early fall. Harvest the knobby, non-starchy tubers when the plants naturally die back in autumn and enjoy them roasted, boiled, in soups or even raw.

The name Jerusalem Artichoke is a misnomer: the plant is not related to the artichoke, though the sunchoke’s flavor may be reminiscent of the artichoke. Also, the plant is not from Jerusalem: the name is probably derived from the Italian name for sunflower, girasole, which means turning to the sun.

 

If growing to eat, the tubers will be ready to harvest when the leaves die back (approx 120 to 150 days after planting). Lift tubers with a spading fork.  Cut off flower stalks as soon as they appear to encourage tuber development, not seed, production.

 

These particular tubers were given to us in by a Ukranian family at the Auburn Community Garden in 2023, where they was growing them to consume.
 

  • Vegetable Start (Perennial)
  • Full Sun
  • Grows 5-10 ft. tall
  • 2-3 in. flowers

Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke)

SKU: JERART-G
$3.95 Regular Price
$1.95Sale Price

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