Clare (insomniatrix) wrote in louisiana_pix,
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Topinambur


Topinambur 

From Wikipedia:

"The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.), also called the sunroot or sunchoke or topinambur, is a flowering plant native to North America grown throughout the temperate world for its tuber, which is used as a root vegetable." 



The above photo is my mother's crop of "topinambur" which grows near her driveway.  They are replants from my yard--her mother's yard. A Cajun delight, the tuber/root is cooked in stews and gravies, and pickled. When plants finish flowering, the stalks dry up. Then the tubers can be dug up, cleaned and prepared.  

Pretty flowers-- But the real treat is beneath the ground.


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