Today we ate a relatively unknown vegetable : Jerusalem artichoke. And that’s a pity , because a Jerusalem artichoke has got a wonderful flavor. The flavor of the Jerusalem artichoke is a combination of cauliflower with potatoes . And that’s a fine use of this vegetable, as a substitute for potatoes and cauliflower. But what is also very good, is a Jerusalem artichoke soufflé as a side dish. And below I described a delicious artichoke soufflé.
A day on the homestead
Jerusalem artichokes are sold in a health food store, but recently I saw they are sometimes available at the supermarket. And they are also very easy to grow. Maybe a little too easy , because when you’ve got them, you won’t get rid of them.
But how do you breed them? Make sure you get / buy a piece of artichoke and dig it in the ground in spring. It doesn’t need to be a large piece of Jerusalem artichokes because they grow from leftovers. Put them (or it) in the ground and wait until the autumn. While you wait green stalks will appear and die (brown) again by fall . And at that point you can go dig the Jerusalem artichokes . You can do that in the fall , but you can also wait until you need them, before you get them out of the ground (but make sure though that it does not freeze, because then the digging will become a bit tricky) . Replanting is not necessary, because the remaining bits ( and there is always a small piece left behind) grows into new Jerusalem artichokes. As I said , there is one drawback. Because the remaining bits become new Jerusalem artichokes, this does have the effect that you won’t get rid of them. Do you find that a problem, take piece of banded garden or a container where you plant them, so you can contain them. And if you don’t mind this, you have a really fun and tasty plant for years throughout your garden which gives you a lot of cooking pleasure.
I personally have chosen to plant the Jerusalem artichoke in a banded piece of garden. Below I put todays harvest in the picture!4Pure: Jerusalem artichoke harvest