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Sunday Afternoon Kitchen Harvest

1/24/2010

It’s Sunday afternoon and I am planning a trip to the grocery.  Before I head out, I always check through the refrigerator and take some time to clean out those items that have gone past. I want to make sure I have room and don’t over buy things that we don’t need.
Weeks ago now, I saw Jerusalem artichokes in my local market.  I have never had these and, always up for a culinary challenge and something new, I bought about a half pound.

jerusalem artichokes

image by sonicwalker

Have you had Jerusalem artichokes?  I was googling around to figure out what to do with these and I have come to 2 options… first…I could give a go at this beautiful recipe that I found over at Cookbook Catchall for Jerusalem artichoke soup.

jerusalem artichoke soup with mushrooms

image by Cookbook Catchall.

or, second… according to the Johnny’s Select Seed Catalog, these will keep all winter in the crisper (where they have been for weeks already) and then this spring I can plant them and later this summer, I will have this ….

jerusalem artichoke flowers

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Hmmm…I can’t decide now, perhaps I will see if there are more at the market so that I can have my soup and flowers too.

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  1. Jerusalem artichokes are delicious — and practically weeds! I grew them one year and harvested a truly astonishing quantity in the fall. On the down side: They give me severe indigestion, thanks, I think, to the high inulin content. (wikipedia says: “The inulin is not well digested by some people, leading in some cases to flatulence and gastric pain.” Yes. That. Exactly.) So eat small amounts at first to see how you react.

  2. Anna says:

    Definitely a fan of these little blighters – both in the kitchen and the garden. They say that if you have them growing in your garden you’ll always have food. I’d also add that you’ll probably never get rid of them.
    I’ve got a collection of recipes linked to here
    http://loveplantlife.wordpress.com/2009/04/19/jerusalem-artichokes/

    Enjoy!

    ~ Anna

    • rochelle says:

      Thanks anna….I have decided to let mine ride it out for the winter in the refrig so I can put them in the ground this spring… in a place I can stand to always have them!! Great link!

  3. kumar ghimire says:

    i want to kno aboue kitchen gardening tips

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