A Jerusalem artichoke is a white-fleshed root vegetable that is related to the Sunflower. The plant is upright, tall-growing with bristly woody stems, green pointed leaves, and golden-yellow flowers similar to the sunflower. The edible tubers are elongated, knobby, white, red or purple skinned. Several tubers are clustered at the base of each stem. The tubers can be eaten raw or cooked and the flavour improves if they are left in the ground until frosted. It is not related to the thistle-like globe artichoke, even though they taste rather similar. It is used in a popular creamy soup in France. Best planted in the spring or early summer for good tuber production. Appreciates well drained and friable soils
Plant Information or Specifications
Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
No Leaves (Deciduous)
Suitability in Pots
July, August, September
Customer Comments on Jerusalem Artichoke
You can substitute Jerusalem artichokes for water chestnuts in Chinese stir fry's. Also they make a delicious soup combined with ground hazelnut and cracked black pepper. | Kim Harvie - Bundarra, NSW 10-Sep-2007
Watch out for sclerotinium fungus isolate clean tubers in new areas its the only disease i know of the sunchoke | Rev - Tabulam, NSW 16-Jun-2008
Iam an iranian born and we use the jurusalum artichoke for pickling and they tast wonderful with other vegies when pickled | Y Abdishou - Perth, WA 12-Dec-2008
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