My friend at work with the garden full of crazy and unusual vegetables (eg spaghetti squash) has given me some Jerusalem artichoke tubers to eat and to grow. Apparently they go quite crazy in summer, so I decided to plant them outside the garden fence with the arrowroot (which we should also eat), so that they can provide shade in summer.
This is what the tubers look like, they were difficult to peel....
We ate the artichokes sliced thinly and fried in butter.....
the flesh is white and crispy, with a mild taste
although it did end up mixed into the gravy with left over roast beef
The passed the taste test, Farmer Pete said they were "quite nice", so now all that remains is to see if they will grow in my garden :)
I forgot to take a photo before I piled the dirt back over, but this is where I planted them...next to the arrowroot.
Have you grown Jeruselum artichokes? Or anything else unusual?