Canaan Cream Sunchoke - Sustainably Grown


Canaan Cream Sunchoke - Sustainably Grown

Helianthus tuberosus Originally brought to Maine in the 1970s from Binghamton, NY, by Fedco’s founder’s father, and Eco-grown ever since in Canaan, Maine. This white-fleshed, cream-skinned variety has been likened to the well-known Clearwater. Canaan tends to be knobbier, but is just as crisp and tasty. Eco-grown in Maine.

Ships in late October only. Not available for pickup.

6901 Canaan Cream - Sustainably Grown
Item Discounted
A: 1 lb for $10.50  
New catalog listings coming in mid-June
B: 3 lb for $27.30  
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Additional Information


Helianthus tuberosus Also known as Jerusalem Artichoke, these vigorous native perennial tubers have a flavor and texture somewhat like water chestnuts. Dig in the fall and store for winter enjoyment in tight containers to conserve moisture, or dig in the spring as an early fresh vegetable. Forms an annual ornamental hedge with its 6–8' foliage topped with golden flowers shaped more like daisies than sunflowers.

Sunchokes are in the same plant family as artichokes but are more closely related to sunflowers. ‘Jerusalem’ is thought to be a corruption of girasole, the Italian word for sunflower; or perhaps early settlers to New England celebrated their “new Jerusalem” with this sturdy native wild food.

Store refrigerated until planting; do not allow tubers to dry out. Plant whole or cut into pieces with 1–2 eyes. Plant 3–4" deep, 12–14" apart. One pound contains approximately 5 tubers, potentially cut into 18–20 pieces. Depending on the growing season and when you harvest, tubers can reach 6" long, 3" across and weigh up to a pound.

Caution: plant sunchokes in an area that is easy to control; they will spread and are rather difficult to eradicate.

Descriptions and Codes

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