I have a nice patch of the Stampede variety of sunchokes. Sunroot, Earth Apple, and Jerusalem Artichoke are all other common names of this plant. This is a native perennial sunflower that creates large edible tubers instead of large seed heads. They flower late September and are a great food source for monarchs, bees and other pollinators. I planted them along my deck to create a living fence and privacy for summer. They grow to be about 12 feet tall. The tubers are ready to eat late Fall and early in the Spring when there’s not much fresh garden veg around. They keep for months if you dig them and store them in a bag in the crisper or root cellar. They taste almost like a combination of artichoke hearts, potato, and apple. They’re delicious, kind of hard to explain. This plant thrives in most any soil type. I planted them in clay soil and over the past 7 years they’ve broke the soil up beautifully, while producing food at the same time. These plants are so cool and a pleasure to be around. For $10, i’ll give you enough tubers to start a nice patch of Sunchokes. You’re can plan them now in the Fall, or Spring. They don’t need any care, just plant and water to get them going.
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