Sunday, April 24, 2016

Artichoke Harvest

We have one bed in our garden that grows Jerusalem artichokes. At this time of year all the plants are dug up and the soil carefully checked for tubers. Despite this attention the bed is full of artichokes the next autumn. We sometimes eat them ourselves and they taste like a nutty potato but they are hard to clean and too knobbly to peel effectively. It is also important to remove the skins or they have a tendency to cause bloating.
We use them as pig food. With only a short while left before the pigs are slaughtered these artichokes will make up a considerable part of their diet. One bed 2m x 1m yielded this trug full and two more 10litre containers. Not bad when you don't have to plant them.

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