Sunchokes are in the same plant family as artichokes but the same genus as 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 native wild food.
Plant whole or cut into pieces with 1–2 eyes. Plant 3–4" deep, 12–18" apart. One pound contains approximately 5 tubers, potentially cut into 18–20 pieces. Caution: plant sunchokes in an area that is easy to control; they will spread and are rather difficult to eradicate.
We sold some last October at the 2017 Fedco Fall Bulb and Plant Sale and the ones we planted sized up to about a half pound. As I write in mid May, test-dug chokes are about 3" long and 1½" across. Depending on the growing season and when you harvest, tubers can reach 6" long, 3" across and up to a pound.
The product of a Soviet-era breeding program, Skorospelka produces a compact set of smooth tubers. Known locally as Red and Tan, each plant yields a fair number of tubers with reddish skin and, especially on young tubers, tan splotches. The considerable size of the blunt-ended tubers accounts for the excellent overall yield, while the relatively knob-free shape is popular with cooks. Eco-grown, Maine Grown. NEW!Ships in late October only. Not available for pickup.
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