Helianthus tuberosus 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.
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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. Also 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 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 sturdy native wild food.
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 up to a pound. Caution: plant sunchokes in an area that is easy to control; they will spread and are rather difficult to eradicate.
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