Plant ID forum: Sunroots (Helianthus tuberosus); aka Sunchokes or Jerusalem Artichoke

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 27, 2015 9:05 PM CST
A friend just got this in his fresh food (CSA) box today. What is it?


Name: Arlene
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pirl
Aug 27, 2015 9:16 PM CST
They are about an inch in size.
Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 27, 2015 9:22 PM CST
Not positive but they look like Jerusalem Artichokes. (which are not from Jerusalem and not artichokes)
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Aug 27, 2015 9:22 PM CST
Thanks, Mary!
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 27, 2015 9:46 PM CST
I agree (aka "sunchokes")

You'd kind of think they might put some sort of note with something like that!
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 27, 2015 10:06 PM CST
They do have a bulletin board but he didn't check it this time.
Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 28, 2015 5:50 AM CST
The ones from your CSA box are kind of small. Maybe instead of trying to peel them, try this...
wash then and scrub with a stiff brush. Coat with olive oil and some salt, roast in the oven. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, squeeze out the cooked flesh, discard the peel. You can eat the flesh like you would mashed potatoes or add it to a lovely homemade soup.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Aug 28, 2015 7:43 AM CST
I'll pass along the information. Thanks.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 28, 2015 7:46 AM CST
I prefer them raw...
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 28, 2015 7:53 AM CST
I've never eaten sunchokes but I've heard they are very good! I love the pretty yellow blooms.
Sunroots (Helianthus tuberosus)
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http://mobile.floridata.com/Plants/Asteraceae/Helianthus%20t...
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Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 28, 2015 8:25 AM CST
As with any 'new' food, start slowly. Sunchokes are too gassy for many people.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Aug 28, 2015 8:50 AM CST
I have used them instead of potatoes in making Latkes/potato pancakes. Really good!
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Weedwhacker
Aug 28, 2015 11:45 AM CST
It's been a long, long time since I've grown them... but I thought they had a very odd taste when they were cooked -- can't really describe it, but I didn't care for them.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 28, 2015 11:55 AM CST
I used to grow them just because they are so pretty (and unstoppable). Even though I can't eat the the roots I have grown them to share with others.
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Mutisia
Aug 28, 2015 2:29 PM CST
They are delicious, Arlene! I like them best prepared as you do with potato salad. They have something nutty and something that reminds you of artichoke in their taste.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Aug 28, 2015 2:52 PM CST
They aren't mine! A friend picked them up as part of his CSA fresh food delivery.

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