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Questions About Sunchokes

Asked by
beginner on
November 10, 2011

Q. About My Sunflower/Sunchoke?

I have a volunteer sunflower. When digging it up for the winter, I discovered rhizomes instead of roots. Does this mean that it is an edible sunflower and the rhizomes are sunchokes or Jerusalem artichokes?

Answered by
Heather on
November 14, 2011
Certified Expert
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Most likely, yes. I would be careful though. While sunchokes are tasty, they can become invasive quickly. 1 tuber can produce up to 20lbs of additional tubers in a season. So they can quickly take over an area.

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Asked by
supergran! on
June 25, 2014

Q. Jerusalem artichokes and shallots eaten by small grey worms inside tuber

How can I clean the earth and what is the pest?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 27, 2014
A.

This article contains suggests a possibility: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/root-eating-insects-identifying-vegetable-root-maggots-and-root-maggot-control.htm
The best way to get an identification and specific treatment is to take a sample to the local Extension Service. This will help you locate one: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

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