How to clean Jerusalem Artichokes?

frdnicholas(Albuquerque NM)May 4, 2014

I have a great crop of Jerusalem artichokes, but when I pull them up, it's very difficult to get all the dirt out of the little nooks and crannies. Does anyone have an easier way than scrubbing each one to get them clean enough to eat?

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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

Nope, sorry. They are knobby little buggers and scrubbing is the only way to get them clean. You could peel them but that's even more work.

Rodney

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 10:56AM
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pnbrown

maybe try growing them in mounds of compost, which will leave much less fine soil stuck on the tubers. Mine are easy to clean because they are growing in a loam with high OM content.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 11:40AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I blast them with the hose out in the garden. Then soak them in water for a short while before preparing. Scrub and sacrifice some of the fiddlier bits. Or peel and shape into regular shapes - but then you sacrifice even more. But after all you did say have a lot of them.

Since they basically grow themselves in the heaviest grottiest bit of clay in the garden I don't mind wasting some of them. Mine are sprouting so I won't be harvesting any more until next winter.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 12:07PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Do as Floral said. In addition, in the final stage you can also use an old tooth brush.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 5:00PM
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terry_neoh(5b)

We have some growing on the edge of the little stream that runs through our yard. I've never tried them. What do they taste like? Do you have to dig them, or will they pull right out?

I already feel guilty about all the watercress that goes to waste every year, but no one in the family likes it. Even the local grocer doesn't want it.
-Terry

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 6:14PM
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JCTsai(8B - Jacksonville, FL)

You have to pull them out and dig them too. The taste of Jerusalem Artichokes depend how you cook. I usually cook with chicken soup. It is good for diabetic people.

Health Benefits of Jerusalem Artichokes

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-jerusalem-artichokes-4218.html

This post was edited by JCTsai on Sun, May 4, 14 at 21:05

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 7:56PM
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JCTsai(8B - Jacksonville, FL)

use vegetable brush to clean Jerusalem Artichokes.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 8:20PM
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pnbrown

Very good pickled also.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 9:12PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I second pickling it. It will stay crisp, no matter what and for how long. Otherwise just use it as potato, in soup stew, et.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2014 at 10:26PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Certain cultivars are less knobbly too, e.g. Fuseau.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 11:15AM
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terry_neoh(5b)

Thanks everyone for the info.
-Terry

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 11:25AM
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pnbrown

Had some with pasta today, but undercooked them.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 3:10PM
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JCTsai(8B - Jacksonville, FL)

good for cooking soups too

    Bookmark   December 16, 2014 at 6:50PM
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