I wanted to give a shout out to Asterlane Edibles for their new plant to plate project, there are a number them done, but I am going to link to the Jerusalem Artichokes, I am only going to post a bit of it and then you will need to click though on the link to see the photos, and read the recipes.
It ties in nicely as I plan to harvest and do some recipes for this amazing plant myself in the next few weeks and while I do not have kids scale for taste testing, my hubby does the same scale pretty much LOL
Asterlane edibles is expanding to some online sales in the coming year and I want to put the word out and support her in this new plan, she has been selling locally for a while but is going to start selling seeds for shipping within Canada.
There are several commonly said things about this tuberous member of the sunflower family but one of the more common ones is “Okay now what the heck am I supposed to do with them?” The other thing is that they can cause a gaseous expansion of the belly. This is due to inulin also found in such thing as garlic and chicory. It is also considered a prebiotic but you might want to start slow.
They can be eaten raw or cooked but have a distinctive earthy sunflower-y taste that can overwhelm a dish. We have eaten them roasted, grated raw into salads and fried in various ways.
For knobbly varieties when cleaning, I suggest breaking off the knobs to get in the crevices. If I’m peeling them, I add the little bumps in the animal feed bin (compost might sprout so plan accordingly).
We harvest after a few frost in the fall or in the spring before they really get growing. Frost apparently improves flavour too. I store them in a large pot of sandy soil in our garage until the deep freeze hits and later in a basement cellar that stays cool. You can also store them in the crisper in the fridge for a short time before they start to dry out
One of the things I love best about Asterlane is that while she does sell plants and seeds, its not in your face.. There will be no pushing of sales. Its there but her passion and love of plants shines though, its her love of sharing in all ways that lead to the overflow being put into sales.
Its something that I am finding hard with a number of blogs these days, they are not writing to share a passion for them, they are writing to either sell something or to create a sale base and for me at least.. it shows.. and there are times I miss the old days of blogging where it was about sharing our knowledge and worlds with like minded folks.. So many blogs now are all about.. how do I create a readership to sell my “products” to..
Asterlanes plants to plate is a great example of doing it right.. If you know her already, I am sure you are nodding your head and if you about to meet her for the first time.. enjoy!