Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Jerusalem Artichokes

I went out today in the drizzle and dug up some of my Jerusalem artichokes. The soil is based on London clay, so it just sticks to your boots, your spade, your fork, your bucket, hands.. anything it touches. After washing them in a bucket of cold water - my hands nearly froze, I had the most wonderful lunch. The taste of these fartichokes is very similar to that of the globe artichoke (you know, the one that looks like a thistle) but they are related in no way. Jerusalem fartichokes have a very complex carbohydrate structure which makes them very good for diabetics or anyone following a glycemic index (GI) diet. The side effects of this wonderful but windy vegetable are just beginning to become apparent to me!


At 11:40 AM, Blogger Crafty Gardener said...

I have Jerusalem artichokes growing in my garden as well. I must say I have never eaten them, but did know they were edible. I usually dig them and give them away.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

I saw them on Gardener's world last year (Carol was growing them) but I can't find them anywhere here.

Fartichokes eh, well it has a nice errr ring to it! ;-)

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Billie-Jean said...

Hi Matron
Thankyou for your comment on my site,I was wondering if you could give me any advise,I have a small fig tree (brown Turkey) I bought it a while a go and potted in a small pot and now its in my green house,I was wondering how and when do I plant it? and where?

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Jody Latham said...

thnx for yr comment left on my blog! i got him from the very very very specialist seed and stork catalogue form there the birds and the bees made it all happen!

thnx again, keep diggin!


At 4:52 PM, Blogger Matron said...

B-J..Fig trees are usually more productive if you keep them in pots or restrict their root growth somehow. If you can protect them in Winter somehow that will be to your advantage but Brown Turkey is one of the varieties that does OK in a British Climate. Be sure to knock off all the small figlets you see overwinter. Our Summer is only long enough for one crop, so if they haven't made it in one season they will not survive the Winter.

At 3:59 AM, Blogger Christina said...

Happy fartichoking!

This post made me laugh.

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Sue Swift said...

I had Jerusalem artichokes for the first time the other week. Roasted. They were wonderful and I gorged. I didn't know ....

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