Three years ago, I paid £8 for a bag of Jerusalem artichoke tubers. While the price didn’t make me choke, it was considerably more than I have ever paid for any other ‘seeds’.
I always felt that, being perennial, as long as they didn’t die on me, I would get my money back on the original outlay. At the same time, most of the tubers went in the ground at the allotment and I left that before I got my first crop.
Back home, the soil being heavy had it seemed put the dampers on a significant crop. Until today.
The bag featured above contains a kilo of Jerusalem artichoke tubers, from four of the many plants I have still to dig up. I was quite astounded by the volume of tubers and wondering how much I would have paid in a supermarket I did a quick internet search.
At Waitrose, it appears I would pay £3.50 for a kilo of Jerusalem artichokes. So, if I get a couple more bags out the garden then I have definitely more than got my money’s worth out of the original tubers.
The downside until recently was that they made my tummy most uncomfortable. So, hardly a win-win situation. However, having learned that they can be used like water chestnuts in stirfries, and then found that they no longer cause digestive difficulties, I’m doubly pleased!