How great was that! Especially after we had our small potato crop go to waste thanks to grubs and such. I was excited to get out there and dig up the tubers from the Jerusalem Artichokes.
If you are not familiar with them, these plants, Helianthus tuberosus, are supposed to be native around here, so it would not be a huge shock that we had them.
They produce a tuber root that, while it has a lot of knots on it, it is perfectly fine for eating. While mostly prepared much like a traditional potato, there is one caution to take.
They contain a good bit of inulin (not to be confused with insulin), which can cause a bit of flatulence. However, as with many things, if your body is used to eating it the probability of any issues is lessened.
Time to Harvest
My patience is not the best, but I knew that, like potatoes, results should be better if I waited as long as possible before harvesting. So, even though the plants had died off over a month ago, I waited until a few good frosts had come through before digging.
On one day when the temperature peaked back up, I took the camera and the shovel and went to harvest the tubers.
However, there was a surprise waiting for me when I went to harvest. There were no tubers!
You can see in the video that I pause a few times while talking. I was looking at the rhizome area questioning if that was what I was supposed to be looking for and if it was just underdeveloped.
It was not what I was looking for.
So, if you have any great ideas as to what we have here, please leave a comment and let us know!
There are simply so many flowers that look like this and grow in the same fashion, that it has been hard to identify. Until further notice, it seems like we are the lucky owners of some beautiful flowers to attract bees and other pollinators, which is excellent, but that is about it.
You can see how it all went down by watching our Jerusalem Artichoke video by clicking the link, or watching below: