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I’m Impatient for the Artichokes


I rooted up another plant of the Jerusalem Artichoke hoping for enough to taste.  It’s 6 foot  high or about two meters. I just found out that it’s also called “Sunroot” or “Sunchoke”, etc. and is a relative of the Sunflower! No wonder it’s so tall. This is funny because just 2 days ago when I was removing a Sunflower, my attention was drawn to the root. Admittedly I tried a nibble at it and it had a decent taste – better than this artichoke.

This isn’t much of a taste…a few little knobs.I cooked them anyway. The water with them turned a pretty green. The smell when I opened the lid reminded me of musty wet wood – not so pleasant really. After biting through the ‘soft to medium’ exterior, the inside was finely textured and mushy. The tiniest ones tasted like nothing. The bigger one had a slightly woody taste, but ok…and a little interesting.


Cooked Sunchokes

I might as well complete the test by examining the green water too….bleck! – it’s very bitter.

The flavour doesn’t make it seem worthwhile. If it’s a perennial, though, then maybe it would be a spring root crop when nothing else is growing yet – like the parsnips. The frost might change the taste too. I might as well see it through to next year.

It’s only been a few minutes and no gas yet…heh!




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9 Responses to “I’m Impatient for the Artichokes”

  1. Naomi says:

    We are all waiting on the gas report….

  2. Haha! Let me know how it ‘goes’

  3. Naomi says:

    You ‘aired’ on the side of caution, did you?


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