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This member of the daisy family is ornamental enough for a flower bed and the tuberous roots can be eaten in much the same way as potatoes.

Growing Artichokes

Sow tubers or seeds directly in the position they are to grow.

Harvesting Artichokes

Tubers are generally ready to harvest between 20 and 28 weeks after the tubers or suckers are planted. If growing them from seed, you may want to leave them undisturbed for three to four years in order to get bigger tubers and have enough to save for replanting.

Using Artichokes

Artichokes are used the same way that potatoes are.

Artichoke Nutrition

Jerusalem artichokes are very high in inulin (a type of fibre) which can improve digestion and encourage good bacteria into your digestive system. Inulin is a fructan however, so some people (those with fructose malabsorption for example) may not be able to process it properly. Jerusalem artichokes also contain lots of potassium and a good amount of iron, copper, phosphorus, thiamine and other B vitamins.

Storing Artichokes

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