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Feb 3, 2011 09:10 AM

German Jerusalem Artichoke Liquor ?Topi, Topinambur, Rossler

Has anyone ever seen or tasted this product in the U.S.? I am a big fan of sunchokes and very interested to try this product. th much.

from Wikipedia:
"Liquor in Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany, over 90 percent of the Jerusalem artichoke root is used to produce a spirit called "Topinambur", "Topi" or "Rossler".[8] "

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  1. Hey Opinionatedchef! I too am a fan of this "sunflower potato". This is basically what the Germans call it. I had tried to find this product everywhere in the Wisconsin region from having my buddy grocery store owner try for me and asking liquor stores to order it and never came up with anything. I am now working in Slovenija and had to take a special trip up to the Schwartzwald area of Germany to find it.It tastes like you'd expect from this tuber.It smells like the plant and basically is like a vodka.It's nice and smooth and is a real treat if you like jeruselem artichokes.As far as buying it from here and sending it, it's almost impossible because of EU-USA regulations on mailing alcohol.So if you do find a supplier in the US let me know,otherwise you'll have to plan a trip to Germany.I paid 12 euros for a .7L bottle.It comes in clear and Roter (red) versions.The brand I got is made by Peterhaus Brennerei GmbH from Kappelrodeck,Germany. their website is Are you growing these sunchokes?Have you ever tried distilling your own?

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    1. re: eurojeremy

      wow, jeremy, i didn't think anyone would ever answer this! That's so considerate of you to give me this info. Maybe some liquor store here could help me now that i have a maker name etc. I do grow them; we eat them in our salads, plus sauteed and in soup. No, i'm not into distilling! Thank you again!

      just fyi, they are native to my area, the NE of orth America.They were introduced to Europe through the courts of England and then France, in the 17th c. Some people think they may take their name from the Italian word, girasole ( turning toward the sun. ) As for the 'artichoke' part of the name, who knows?!