Jerusalem artichokes / “sunchokes” for the bees (and me)

Jerusalem artichokes for sale
Jerusalem artichoke / Sunchoke tubers

It all started two seasons ago with one quarter-sized piece of sunchoke tuber planted in my dad’s little backyard in the city. That little tuber grew into a 15ft tall, 10ft wide plant with hundreds of yellow flowers covered in bees. I uprooted it at the end of the season and my jaw dropped at the sight of over 100 tubers much larger than the one I originally planted. After giving most of them away, I was left with about thirty tubers that I planted on my beeyard this spring, out in the country. I’m very glad I did, because they bloomed during a dearth here and provided tons of pollen for my bees.

Jerusalem artichoke Sunchoke tubers for sale

My only problem now is what to do with literally thousands of tubers that will each produce a monstrous plant if not thinned out before spring. Good news: they’re edible! And as it turns out: they’re delicious! I’ve heard alot of stories about how they cause all kinds of intestinal discomfort when eaten, but I found those stories highly exaggerated. I roasted them with just salt, pepper, and olive oil, and they were great. I wish I had made more.

Jerusalem artichoke Sunchoke tubers

Below is a picture of a patch I planted along the road. Heavy winds knocked them over but they still thrived and flowered like crazy.

Jerusalem artichoke Sunchoke tubers for sale

If anyone is interested in some tubers, let me know. $5 per pound + shipping. Next fall, you will have tubers coming out of your ears too.

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Praying mantis eating a bee
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Author: brucelovesbees

I keep honey bees in Reading, Bernville, and Fleetwood, PA without treatments. I love to garden and observe Wasps, Bumble bees, and ants. I also raise mealworms for my Eastern Spotted turtle and myself.

2 thoughts on “Jerusalem artichokes / “sunchokes” for the bees (and me)”

  1. I just love your posts. This one is really intriguing because the plant is beneficial for the bees, birds, goats, and humans on our woodland mini farm. A multi functional plant would be a welcome thing. We are in Leesport between 183 and 61. I work for both major hospitals all over @ their satellites. Perhaps we can cross paths at some point to hand off some chokes?

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