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Nov 4, 2016 2:08 PM CST
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Hello!

I found some small, started plants at a garden sale that said Sunchokes. Hearing previously that these were tasty, I bought three plants and grew them in a small plot. I didn't do the best to care for them, because I didn't really do any research and I'm not an experienced gardener by any means, but they grew very tall and flowered regardless. Where I live, it has now frosted twice, and I thought I read that it was at this time that they should be harvested. I'm not sure if I should have waited longer. I got a fair amount of little tubers with the roots, but they are very small and do not look much like Google images. If I attach a photo of my "harvest," would someone be able to identify that these are indeed sunchokes and safe to eat?

Thank you so much for any help!
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P.S. The image makes the plants appear a bit larger than they really are, I believe.
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Nov 4, 2016 4:44 PM CST
Name: greene
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They look a little weak and maybe were some insects chowing down on them?
Here is a photo from the NGA database:
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Nov 4, 2016 7:59 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
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Welcome to NGA, @jozog !

There are different kinds of sunchokes, some have smoother tubers, some have knobbier tubers. Yours are probably small because the plants are young... this is one of those "be careful what you wish for" things, because once the plants become well established they will likely go crazy.

Did you dig your plants up entirely? If so, you might want to replant those little tubers to grow for next year.
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Nov 5, 2016 12:07 AM CST
Name: Mary
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They are tasty, I like them. If they flowered with a yellow daisy flower I cannot think of any reason they would not be what you planned for (They are pretty!) But I knew a farmer who planted a whole field of them. He was very sorry he had ever planted them, he could never get all the roots out and they infested his fields, so be careful! They come back bigger every year! But as a low input home crop, what could be better!
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Nov 5, 2016 7:07 PM CST
Name: Karen
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My parents grew them in Arizona. They got bigger and better each year, but ended up being extremely invasive. They took over everything, so I think maybe put them in metal troughs or something that would contain them.
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Nov 6, 2016 9:39 AM CST
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Thank you all for your quick and very helpful replies! Smiling
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Nov 6, 2016 11:13 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
They dont look right. To small. Maybe cause you grew em in pot. If you cant grow em in ground. I would plant them in big big pot. like a 50 gallon barrow minimum. At least to get some descent size tubers.
They take along growing season also.
I dont know of bugs that attacks em!
Maybe snails or slugs if the ground cracked and left places for them to get to tubers. Plants usually reach around 15 to 20 foot tall ###!!!πŸ™Š
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Nov 6, 2016 11:15 AM CST
Name: Karen
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They are yummy, and very good for you. I loved them as a kid, but haven't had any since then. A bit of info:
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/j...
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Nov 6, 2016 1:27 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
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Although it's been a long time since I grew them, I actually didn't care for the taste... it wasn't disgusting or anything, but it seemed quite odd to me. Shrug!
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Nov 6, 2016 1:37 PM CST
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It is different, but my mom baked, sauteed, mashed and grilled them. She did use lots of spices and sauces with them, so maybe that helped make them yummy.
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Nov 7, 2016 9:57 AM CST
Name: stone
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Sunchokes do not store well after being dug...
I always dug them as needed.... you can try storing them in a container of sand...

At my previous house, they did very well in a clay soil an a wet area. In my current sandhill garden, I can't hardly grow them at all.... it's too dry, and the voles eat them.

As far as prep.... I prefer them raw.
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Nov 7, 2016 10:18 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
@weedwacker. You either like em or hate em. I like em with mayonnaise.
Try em with diferent root veges sauted together ?
@plantmanager. I want to try some grilled. I tried fryin one time ! sticky mess.😬
I shure would like some different recipes to try. Besides just plain w/mayo.
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Nov 7, 2016 11:55 AM CST
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Here are some recipes from a web search. I haven't tried them, but I bet they might be good!
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/2...
http://www.yummly.com/recipes/...
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