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Sunchokes AKA Fartichokes AKA JChokes AKA Jerusalem Artichokes

Eureka! I have found it!
There's gold in them there dirt.
Digging up these nuggets is a fun exercise. You pick what you want for din dins and store the rest right there where you dig.

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Comment by Dave Riley on May 19, 2020 at 21:40

Here in SEQ is outside their usual range so they are rare. Further south they are always perennial. Here they are more or less an annual. You can get them from some Italian cuisine oriented green grocers. You can also buy seeding stock on line. Very easy to grow and very productive. A much neglected vegetable. But don't over do it as you can fart up a storm.Member of the sunflower fam with many nice flowers.

I couldn't find any over the last year to plant out but a couple left in the dirt from the last season grew....Here keeping planting stock of these between seasons is difficult. Best just leave them in the soil and pray.

They have a similar nutritional contribution as Yacon -- ground apple. It's all in the starch.

In the past I've grown Sunchokes in semi shade and got a bountiful harvest.

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