Jerusalem Artichoke

I was introduced to Jerusalem Artichoke (also known as Sunchoke) two years ago when an acquaintance brought some tubers as giveaways to guests attending a cooking party at a friend’s place.

Today, I had my first harvest for this year.  There will be another harvest to go as I had three plants this year.

There are several ways to cook Jerusalem Artichoke.  I used them as a vegetable like potatoes which could be stir-fried, cooked with curry or baked.

Today, I stir-fried the artichokes with butter, lemon-pepper, garlic salt, Vietnamese mint and rosemary.

Wash and cut the artichokes into fine lines or strips.  The thinner the slice the faster the artichoke will cook.  Heat up a tablespoon of butter with garlic in a pan over medium-high heat.  Then, add the artichokes and seasonings, stirring well.  Give it a dash of water and cover the pan and let the artichokes simmer for about 10 minutes on medium heat so they will be tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.


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  1. Todd says:

    These look delicious. I haven’t had Jerusalem artichokes often but have enjoyed them when I did. I think it may be time to make them again when they start showing up in the farmers markets and stores again. But for now I think I need to go find some lunch – your photos have made me very hungry!

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    1. This is my second year of fresh from my garden and this was from first harvest of this year. Usually i have three to four sunflower-like 🌻 plants each year and that’s about 4 meals i can cook out of that supply. I look forward to the harvest every year. Something you plant always taste fresh and good. 👍🌻

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      1. Todd says:

        That’s excellent! My mother in law used to grow them where she lived – that’s the first place I tried them. We live in a highrise so at the moment I don’t have a garden plot. I may try to find one in the neighbourhood soon though they’re hard to come by – people like to hang on to them for obvious reasons!!

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      2. You can have a mini garden at your balcony if you live in a highrise. My friend does that and she has her own veggie garden. So cool. 😊


      3. Todd says:

        I wish we had a balcony to do that. We used to live in another apartment where we could have a rooftop garden. It was the best!

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      4. You could perhaps speak to the complex management and start a community garden. Hope they can assign a plot for the residence to grow their own veggies, plants or flowers.That would be nice, getting to know and mingle with neighbours with mutual interest. Good luck. 🌻


      5. Todd says:

        That’s what I’m planning on doing. There is an allotment garden a couple blocks away that sometimes has vacancies. There’s also a pretty great shared community garden. As long as I don’t have too much travel for work this summer I should be able to get my hands dirty this year.

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  2. dunelight says:

    I have an old friend from school who grows these. I wonder if the deer would leave them alone. I have to spray my perennials to keep the deer from eating them. When I spray my vegetables with the same spray (It’s just stinky harmful chemicals) it profoundly impacts the taste of the veggies, even after washing…so..looking for things I can grow AND spray to keep the deer away.

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    1. Wow, I haven’t heard of deers in garden. We have hedgehogs in summer. Which part of the country are you from, Dunelight?

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      1. dunelight says:

        I live in the Great Lakes state of Michigan, one dune back from Lake Michigan actually.
        There is an overpopulation of deer in our immediate area. There is a real fear of wasting disease and ticks. The deer have stripped the woods and are relentless.

        Hedgehogs..are you UK? I have never seen a hedgehog..but boy howdy do we have moles..oh..and wild turkeys.

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      2. I live in New Zealand. My dog barks like mad and circles around those hedgehogs 🦔 when they come out during warmer months. We live next to a reserve.
        Deers are bigger animals. We have smaller pests here like possums.

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      3. dunelight says:

        Ah..possums..they eat a lot of ticks.

        I sent your recipe to my girlfriend who lives in Iowa. Those artichokes used to grow wild in the ditches of Iowa and then after the farm crisis of the 80’s small farms were bought up by large agri-businesses and they really began growing corn in earnest, planting right up to the property lines and ditches, and spraying weed killer in the ditches leaving no ‘hedgerows’ for wildlife. It’s crazy, really.

        Anyway…you gave me an idea..I might find a corner somewhere to grow’s the roots I’d be after so the critters can do some chewing on the top side of the plant..I guess..maybe…and if I spray it with stinkum it shouldn’t affect the roots.

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      4. My artichokes only give me one harvest per year. I usually have about 3 or 4 plants (like sunflower 🌻) and when the flowers lost their bloom, i harvest them. There are many artichokes on each plant. The harvest is around this time of the year. This is my 2nd (or maybe 3rd) year.
        I hope you get some harvested one day. Thanks for sharing my blog with your friend. 😊🌻

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  3. henacynflin says:

    I might give this a try, I find these artichokes only barely edible and am on the lookout for alternative recipes to use with it

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    1. These artichokes are no good as salad. I tied to eat them raw but they tasted tough. They can be stir-fried or cooked in various ways. They are good as roasted vegetables, oven-baked.

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