Seeing as Jerusalem is in the news again (thanks to Trump), I thought I'd sing the praises of the wonderful Jerusalem Artichoke. Above is the last of my 2017 crop.
Known as Fartichokes for good reason, they are an essential crop in the Veg' patch; usually confined to a disused corner where they can do no harm.
Their most enduring quality is that they never really need re-sowing; there are always a few stragglers left in the ground for them to reproduce themselves for the following year..... and for ever after.
Personally I use them in just two ways; in soups, and roasted. Both ways are delicious.
I have been searching for years for a non-knobbly variety of JA, but I don't think it exists. I'm moving my Artichoke plot this year, and, regardless of what I wrote above, I have just bought a few new tubers (above) from my usual supermarket.
I shall sow them in some well composted sandy soil; not only should they grow extremely well, but hopefully they will also be easily brushed clean, to save all that time-consuming peeling.
And don't forget; keep your windows open after eating!
N.B. The weather has been so good over the past couple of days that I've actually started DIGGING. It's great to be back on the soil.