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I believe I have a bunch of jerus. artichokes growing in my backyard. What are the tell-tale signs for proper identification? I have dug them up, and they have tubars, as the jerus. artichokes have. I'm always worried about eating anything that I can't identify 100% !!! Any suggestions?
-- steve drew (email@example.com), November 07, 2001
look thru some seed catalogues,, they should have picstures
-- stan (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 07, 2001.
Take one to a produce manager, farmers market, or ag extension office.
-- Linda Al-Sangar (email@example.com), November 07, 2001.
It is best to identify them by the plant. Here is what the Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants says: A tall, coarse sunflower with broad, rough leaves and rough hairy stems. Upper leaves alternate; lower leaves often opposite, occasionally in whorls of three. Central disc of flowers yellow. Large, crisp tubers (often as large as a medium-sized potato) terminate slender runners that radiate from the base of each plant. Grows 6-10 feet tall in colonies. Flowers: Aug-Oct.
You can cut a tuber in half and taste the inside. It should be some what sweet. Hope this helps!
-- Bren (WAYOUTFARM@skybest.com), November 07, 2001.
google. Search phrase "jerusalem artichoke picture". Second response.
-- Don Armstrong (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 07, 2001.