When should I plant my Jerusalem artichokes?

The best way to grow Jerusalem artichokes is by planting the tubers in early spring. They should be spaced around 12 to 18 inches apart and planted no more than 5 inches deep. Make sure you don’t plant too deeply as this can result in a poor harvest.

What is the season for Jerusalem artichokes?

2. When and how to buy sunchokes. Starting from late fall and lasting throughout much of winter, you can usually find this odd, ginger-like root at your local farmer’s markets and supermarkets.

Is Jerusalem artichoke invasive?

The tasty tubers, or root vegetables, of the Jerusalem artichoke may make for a nice side dish, but the plant is considered a major invasive species in Europe.

What are the benefits of Jerusalem artichokes?

They are rich in iron to give you energy, along with potassium and vitamin B1, which support your muscles and nerves. Although they’re sweet, their starchy fibre stops any spikes in blood sugar levels – indeed they have a lower glycemic index (GI) score than potatoes – and they aren’t fattening.

How many artichokes do you get from one plant?

A healthy plant should produce six to nine buds per plant. The main harvest usually occurs in April and May. Select buds for their size, compactness and age.

Do Jerusalem artichokes need to be peeled?

Jerusalem artichokes work well boiled, roasted, braised, sautéed or stir-fried and are also delicious served raw in salads. Just scrub them clean – there’s no need to peel them (should you wish to, a teaspoon works well).

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