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Wild PJ’s Jerusalem Artichoke review

 
Ilex Gardener
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After much deliberation, I decided to order some Jerusalem Artichokes. The description from Oikos said these were the best variety they had for baking.

They arrived last week, very stout, thin skinned, not too many knobs. They look like fat radishes. I have them in a little dirt in my pantry, waiting for next spring to plant, however........

I had to try one.

I picked out the ugliest and chopped it into steak fries and sprayed a little pam on the pan and on them, then salted and baked for 20 minutes @ 325 F.

Very surprised how potato like they tasted. I would actually go so far as to say that potatoes taste like them. the taste was like a russet potato x 10. I don't know how else to describe it, tasted like a very strongly potato flavored potato.

I was worried it was going to be sweet or taste like a water chestnut, not at all.



Have y'all tried any of the other commercially available JA varieties, how do they taste?
 
Jeanine Gurley
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I just harvested my first planting of JA. I don't really know what kind they are. I bought them from Earth Fare in Columbia this spring.

I planted 6 tubers and harvested 9 1/2 pounds. That's not going to get us through the winter but it's not a bad first try considering I didn't pay any attention to it.

I haven't even tasted it yet!

We will taste a couple that I accidentally sliced with the digging fork and the rest are going back in the ground.

I'm understanding that I can put them back in the ground now but I'm not really sure.
 
Saybian Morgan
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how much gas did it give you?, my variety can only be eaten on fridays and saturdays because there is no work in the morning.
Mine are super knobby but grow great fodder for the animals, sometimes they'll come out with 2 inch stems that a give to the rabbits as popcorn wood.
 
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Hey Jeanie I also live in the midlands of SC. I'm starting to see more and more of us on here. Glad to hear that you had some success. How did your JA perform, did they make it through the summer? This was such a bad one, going weeks without rain.

Saybian, nothing noticed, but I only ate one tuber just to give it a try. I don't think I consumed enough to honestly answer that question. Also, as a 26 yo American male, I already produce copious amounts of flatulence, I wouldn't be able to tell if I was producing more than normal.
 
Craig Dobbelyu
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I planted 6 tubers earlier this year and ended up with a harvest that completely filled a shopping bag. The stalks were over 10 feet tall which I chopped up for the chickens. We ate a few pounds and then replanted the rest in our new hugelkulture bed. I have high hopes that I'll be filling a wheel barrow next year.
 
Guy De Pompignac
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Do you have more to say about it after years of growing it ? I'm going to plant some tubers this spring
 
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