I had never had sunchokes before a couple months ago. I had vaguely heard of them before, and so when I saw a large bag up for grabs at the inaugural Minneapolis Food Swap, I gave up a jar of my homemade sauerkraut to give ‘em a go. They were delicious! Eaten raw, they were as crisp as a radish, with a much milder flavor, and cooked they reminded me of potatoes, except not as starchy and a lot lighter. I looked them up on Wikipedia, and saw them on the Friends School Plant Sale site, and now am contemplating planting a left over rhizome out by the garage, per their suggestion. An awesome part is that they are 8-10 feet tall flowers, so they’re decorative, too.
The Minneapolis Food Swappers Blog is here, and the Facebook page is here. The next food swap is scheduled for May 14th, and I just realized it’s totally booked! NICE JOB! We might need a Saint Paul version