I want to try some Jerusalem artichokes in my beef stew. Are they easy to find? I have no clue because I've never cooked with them. I live at Wilson and Bathust, BTW. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Hi...I saw them yesterday at Loblaws at St Clair and Bathurst...$2.99/lb....they could be good in stew...peeled and diced or sliced...a cross between parsnips and turnip to me..they are also called sun chokes... a root vegetable...Good Luck...Miranda
Questions about Jerusalem Arichokes.
They were in our garden when we moved in. They spread like mad and took over 2 years to eradicate. I agree they're pretty good and are very nutritious - also, their starch is reduced to sugar only after reaching the digestive tract making them extremely beneficial to diabetics. This property also results in heavy flatulence.
Why did I eradicate them? They take up too much room; I'd rather use that room for things I like better; and the plant grows wild nearby. The first frost has passed so their tubers are now at their best - I may dig some this weekend. If you have a supply the tubers can be dug all winter.
What we have here is a type of sunflower. Each plant produces numerous tubers that mature at the end of fall. When the plant flowers in late summer the bloom resembles a small sunflower about 6 inches or so in diameter and they smell of chocolate.
My question is this: does anyone know if the seeds are edible?
A corollary question would be, "Do sunflowers cast tubers also, and if so, are they edible?"