I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks. I decided to start sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!
Today’s flower is the Jerusalem artichoke, also known as sunchoke, sunroot, and earth apple.
I started growing these about 4 years ago for the tubers mainly, but the flowers are really beautiful too. These belong to the sunflower family. Notice the resemblance?
Jerusalem artichoke can get over 9 feet tall and sometimes need to be staked. Luckily, most of ours haven’t broken or blown over. They have fairly strong stems. These have multiple blooms and branch out. They bloom late summer to fall.
The tubers are edible and they’re similar to potatoes in texture, but they have a somewhat nutty taste. They’re super healthy–high in potassium and iron. You can boil them like potatoes or even roast them in the oven, but I’ve only had them raw in salad. They’re surprisingly sweet.
Be sure to leave some tubers in the ground for next year though! These will spread quite easily and continuously produce food in your garden.
Species: H. tuberosus
- Native to North America and Canada
- Zones: Perennial in all zones
Thanks for checking out Flower Friday! Are you already growing these or others in the sunflower family? Please share your thoughts below in the comment section. Have a wonderful weekend!