Just a few minutes ago something landed with a big thud on our front porch. I opened the door and found the best surprise: a little box from Nichols Garden Nursery. I knew that my sunchoke tubers were inside! They don’t look like much now, but these knobby little tubers will send up stalks topped with happy yellow flowers in late summer. Sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem Artichokes) are native to North America. The tubers have a delicious flavor that falls somewhere between a water chestnut and an artichoke and the flowers grow to nearly six feet tall.
They are the very definition of an ornamental edible. I’m planting mine right by the front door and sowing a mix of cosmos, zinnias, bacherlor buttons, and coreopsis at their feet. I just love that I’ll be able to enjoy the flowers all summer and then dig up something edible in fall. So fun!