The gift that keeps on giving

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!


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to The gift that keeps on giving

  1. andy1076 says:

    Turned out perfect in the end! saving a lot too, jackpot!

  2. Isn’t it an amazing feeling when you go to the grocery store and see how much you are saving buy growing your own food? Good job!

  3. Lavinia Ross says:

    I’ve never tried growing these. I have grown Yacon, which is crisp and easy on the stomach.

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