Helianthus tuberosus.


Jerusalem artichoke, also called sunroot, sunchoke, or earth apple, is a perennial species of sunflower native to central North America. It is also cultivated widely across the temperate zone for its tubers, which are used as a root vegetable. Early European colonists learned of its edibility from local Native Americans and sent tubers back to Europe, where it became a popular crop and naturalized there. It later gradually fell into obscurity in North America but has been seeing a resurgence in recent years. They are also high in iron, and contain 10-12% of fiber, niacin, thiamine, phosphorus, and copper. The tubers are used for cooking and baking in the same ways as most potatoes. Unlike the potato they can also be eaten raw.  They have a similar consistency, and in their raw form have a similar texture, but a sweeter, nuttier flavor. When raw and sliced thinly, they are fit for a salad. Their inulin form of carbohydrates give the tubers a tendency to become soft and mushy if boiled, but they retain their texture better when steamed


Our particualr strain has medium to large tubers and is an ecotype landrace from the Shamokin Area of Pennsylvania. This strain has been kept going for decades by Grant Wimple of Northumberland, PA and were passed down to his seed saver grandson Scott Malpass before Grant's passing. A portion of sales of these roots and other soon to be listed Scottland Seeds will be donated back to Scott to further support his seed saving work. 


You are purchasing 2-3 LIVE TUBERS.

Shamokin Sunchoke (COMING 2021)


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