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Feb 11, 2011 05:34 PM

Where to buy sunchokes (jerusalem artichokes)?

I'm located in the north end, but I'm headed down to PFI for some bulk chocolate tomorrow. Is there a good place to get these? I haven't seen them at my local QFC or other normal grocery stores.

Central Market? Whole Foods?

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  1. I don't know, but at work we get them from Full Circle Farms, an organic farm in Carnation. Maybe at a farmers' market? I'd suggest checking Pike Place, but I'm not sure I'd want to brave the Market on a Saturday for a less than sure thing.

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    1. re: babette feasts

      I saw them at Ballard Market, but not at the Greenwood one. Central Market might be a good bet.

      1. re: Teknotic

        I saw a big crop of them at the Ballard Farmers Market a few weeks ago. I forget which vendor it was, but they were located towards the Northwest side of the market.

    2. I 've seen them at Madison Market/Central Co-Op (15th & Madison) for the last few weeks.

      Also Full Circle farms is at the u-district farmer's market.

      1. Thanks guys! I'll try central market and see what I'm able to come up with.

        1. The Mill Creek Central Market has organic ones for $4/lb. I've never had them before, but I think I'm going to peel and slice them, then bake em up with bell pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, and onions.

          Any better recommendations?

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          1. re: LaureltQ


            I have bought these in some time, Melissas distributes them to many groceries. They also have recipes

            1. re: LaureltQ

              I don't bother peeling them any more. Lately I've been slicing and roasting them, which of course makes practically every vegetable better! Note that they do go gray fairly quickly after they're cut, so you won't want to peel them ahead of time.

              1. re: Jeri L

                I bet if you were to place them in a bowl filled with water and a tad bit of buttermilk and salt that it would help to keep their color. A recipe I tried for banana blossoms suggests it. I bet it would work just as well, since it is probably an oxidizing situation.

            2. If you put some tubers in the ground you will have them forever! In mild climes sunchokes can be very invasive but their flowers are nice in bouquets.