Species: Helianthus tuberosus
History: Sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes) are native to central North America and have traditionally been cultivated by indigenous peoples for their edible tubers. European colonizers sent samples back to Europe where it became naturalized. It has fallen into obscurity in North America but there was some success in marketing it commercially in the 1990s and 2000s.
Why We Grow It: These native plants produce tasty root tubers that, like potatoes, can be prepared and eaten in a variety of ways including raw, roasted, or treated like sauerkraut. They are in the sunflower family so get quite tall and produce lovely little yellow flowers. Be warned, they spread vigourously and should be managed!
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4
Soil Preference: Prefer loose, well-drained, fertile soils that are slightly acidic but adaptable to most kinds of soils
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Grows 6ft tall, spreads vigourously. Not generally bothered by pests or diseases.
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)
Flowering Time: Late August to September
Bloom Colour: Yellow
Ripens: October to December, but best after one or two lights frosts
Storage: Keeps a few months when stored in cool, humid conditions
Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, attracting pollinators
Size: 6-10cm tuber
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Shipping vs. Pick Up
Shipping vs. Pick Up
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Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.
Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.