Status: We had a fair harvest of Jerusalem artichokes this year and should have all varieties in stock.
The Jerusalem artichoke, sunchoke, or sunroot is probably the best known of the few native North American root crops. It is a plant that inspires wide ranging reactions. Some people love it and others hate it. Sunchokes store most of their energy in the form of the indigestible sugar inulin. Many people can consume inulin without any difficulties, while others experience unpleasant side effects. If you find Jerusalem artichokes palatable and digestible, then you should really grow this plant, as it is one of the most widely adaptable, high yielding, and low maintenance root crops that you can grow. We offer tubers and seed. Seed does not grow true, but is used to breed new varieties. Varieties are maintained by replanting tubers. We grow just over fifty varieties, but most of them don’t produce particularly well in the wetter parts of the Pacific Northwest, nor do they flower and set seed, which is my primary interest. Those that we offer here either produce well, flower early, or both.