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Jerusalem Artichokes / Sunchokes in Missoula

 
Rory Page
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Do you have' em? We want to get our hands on some to plant on our property.

Send me and e-mail if you have any info!

rorympage@gmail.com
 
S Carlson
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I bought some at the Clark Fork Organics (or was it Bitterroot Organics?) stand at the Clarkfork Market near the Higgins street bridge a couple weekends ago. I ate about half of them and planeted the rest. I am interested in seeing how they do in my semi xerascaped front yard.
 
Daniel Morse
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Can ya'll tell me what these are?
 
Rory Page
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Hey thanks for the market info!


Jerusalem artichokes also known as sunchokes, are awesome because:

they are low maintenance
they grow in most places
they are a perennial
they are edible raw or cooked
and are crispy!
they're tall (great if you want some privacy)
High yielding
and have pretty flowers

Paul has a great video on them here:


They look like this:
 
Daniel Morse
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How do you eat and or cook them? Like Okra?
 
Lightly Burdwood-Porter
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Great video! I DO eat mine raw for fun sometimes, as well as cooked, and, I also hadn't heard that one should cook them long and slow for more nutrient... Does anyone have a recipe for that?

Best!

L.
 
Devon Olsen
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were you referring to bitteroot flower shop S Carlson?

im gonna be traveling through missoula in a week or so and wouldnt mind picking some up on the way home to plant when i get there...
 
Joy Day
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For more on sunchokes, Paul Wheaton has written a blog about them in Make it Missoula: http://www.makeitmissoula.com/2012/10/paul-wheaton-benefits-of-growing-sunchokes/

 
Rory Page
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S Carlson wrote:I bought some at the Clark Fork Organics (or was it Bitterroot Organics?) stand at the Clarkfork Market near the Higgins street bridge a couple weekends ago. I ate about half of them and planeted the rest. I am interested in seeing how they do in my semi xerascaped front yard.


I have been meaning to thank you for this info. I practically bought them (Bitterroot Organics, not the Bitterroot flower shop) out at the last market. They are funny looking buggers, check them out:
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Heather Brenner
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If people want some to taste or for seed, I bought ONE pound of sunchokes at Whole Foods in San Jose last spring, and planted them. When we moved out here (Stevensville) in November, I dug them all at once, and put 'em in buckets of sand, where they've been storing most happily in our garage. That one pound of sunchokes gave us at LEAST 75 pounds when I dug them up--and, much as we love "fartichokes", I can spare a few pounds. Once you've planted them the first time, unless you get every last crumb of root out of the ground (which takes pigs), they'll be back in the spring.
 
Heather Brenner
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By the way, any recipe you use for potatoes will do for sunchokes. Our favorite is to chop 'em up and fry 'em with onions in bacon grease or butter, depending on availability. But they're great roasted, baked, in soups, etc. Just be aware that some folks nickname them "fartichokes" for good reason.
 
Matt Saager
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Sitting here reading through the thread... thinking "fartichoke" the whole time.... LOL

On that note, I've had pretty good luck with cooking them for a LONG time.
This seems to cut down significantly on their "melodious effect".

My favorite is to roast them in a dutch oven, or slow cooker with a roast or chicken, other root veggies and garlic.
Then I take out all of the roasted veggies and mash them all up together.
It's like mashed potatoes only much better.
 
Grant Shadden
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Heather, I am down in Hamilton, and would love to get some sunchokes if you still have some to spare!
 
Lance Wildwood
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They are simply divine in a kimchi....I jut planted a few hundred of them in out'o'the way places on my chunk of land...
 
Heather Brenner
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I was in Hamilton yesterday! I can spare a pound or two, yet. I'm in Stevensville, and you can holler at me if you're up this way, or I'm planning to take the kids to a homeschoolers' park day in Hamilton Friday, and could bring some with me.
 
Renate Howard
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IMHO, the best part about them is that the flowers smell like candy corn! Nobody ever says that.
 
Jesse Fister
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I'd sure like to get my hands on some Sunchokes.  Who carries them in Missoula now?
 
Nicole Alderman
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Renate Howard wrote:IMHO, the best part about them is that the flowers smell like candy corn!  Nobody ever says that.


I need a different variety of sunchokes or something! Mine never bloom even though they've gotten 10 feet tall. I want candy corn smelling flowers!
 
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