I have been looking into jarusalem artichokes and planning on planting some this year. A truly sustainable resource. from what I hear the things can even be invasive. Between them and zuchini you would never starve! LOL
But they are really an impressive garden plant if you are okay with a daisy-like flower on 10 foot stalks! I figure if they invade here I will have lots of food. I wish I could grow zucchini but the squash borers always get them and the ones I'm given are waaaaay past their prime! I'm hoping this year to have enough $$ for some row cover to keep the borers out.
Someone sent me some Jerusalem Artichokes that have a purple tuber, still edible. I hope they haven't dried out too much in the shed. Time to plant them if okay!
Darius, all you have to do is scrape the entire seed area clean in caveman club zuchini and use only the outer meat area like you do with pumpkin. By the way they also make excellent duck food! Years ago I had muscovy ducks, a species which could also wipe out world hunger, LOL and they just loved zucchini, I don't know why but zucchini was deffinatly one of their favorite foods.
Yes it is a tuber, and I think they are best eaten raw in salads or by themselves.
I also like them sliced and lightly sauted.
One nice thing is you don't have to harvest them all at once, you can dig them and enjoy them all through the Fall and Winter.
I planted some jerusalem artichoke this year as well on the north end of my irish potato patch. From what I've read, I gather you let the plant grow like 10' tall, flower and then die. Then you dig the tubers and eat them. Is this correct? Do the flowers have any edible seeds like other sunflowers?
That is correct, in the fall the plant goes dormant and you can start harvesting the tubers then.
Of course you want to save some so you can plant them and have more plants the following year.
If you don't harvest them, they will just sit there in the soil and come up in the Spring.
The seeds are very small, so they are not edible for humans, but the birds love them