Sunchokes aka Jerusalem Artichokes


The ultimate survival food?

The sunchokes below were harvested in the dead of winter.

There aren't a lot of crops that can sit in the ground for several months while I wait to harvest them. These specific tubers probably were ready for harvesting in Sept/Oct but were actually taken out of the ground on Jan 21st.

We ate the above sunchokes but made sure to plant a whole bunch of them around the farm. Most of them were put in raised beds and in the ground (yes, we like invasive stuff!) but we also wanted to experiment with them in buckets. These popped out of the soil at the very beginning of April.
Assuming nothing bad happens to them (and very few things cause problems with sunchokes) these will be beautiful 6 feet tall sunflowery type plants in a few months.