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Jerusalem artichokes- or topinmabours

Love that name, topinmabour.

Anyhow, no idea where they came from- probably bird seed- but this Summer I had those really tall plants a little like small sunflowers, yellow daisies- and digging them up last week I found all those funny shaped tubers. They looked so like those I'd seen sold as 'Jerusalem artichokes' so did a quick Google- and low and behold - bingo. Got a huge bucketful- and had our first lot at lunchtime- boiled and with a bit of butter- delish.
Will try chips tomorrow as apparently they are great.

Any recipes out there?
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Old 22.11.2015, 17:12
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Re: Jerusalem artichokes- or topinmabours

Topinambur!

oh boy! uh oh!

I hope you didn't eat too many.

You might have a storm brewing out there in Neuchatel tonight.

These delicious tubers are also known as 'Jerusalem Fartichokes'!!

You'll see...strike that...hear why..

That said, I love 'em, in moderation. great nutty flavor.

We usually batter and fry them (the small ones), and eat with some sort of dipping sauce. Big ones make great chips, potato chip (crisps) style.

We keep them overwinter in a cooler on the balcony, prewashed for cooking but in a bed of sand- and when it warms in Spring they'll sprout on thier own and can be planted out already 20-30cm tall.

They spread like crazy in well tilled soil - best grown in a pot.

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Old 22.11.2015, 17:27
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Re: Jerusalem artichokes- or topinmabours

When I was aged 12, I went to France and stayed with my student exchange family.
One day they asked me if I liked artichokes, and as my father grew them on the allotment every year, I could happily say that we grew them and I liked them. They looked at me a bit funny, as they didn't grow anything in their garden.
The next day I was presented with a plate and, oh mon Dieu, a massive flower with petals. Well I did say I liked them, so regretfully I picked up my knife & fork and ate the lot. They probably still talk about me every summer! (There are definitely some disadvantages to being stubborn!)
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Re: Jerusalem artichokes- or topinmabours

Sbrinz- rule number one when abroad- watch and learn! Didn't you watch how they ate theirs- pulling each leaf and dip the fleshy part in mayonnaise or dip and suck off?

Jerusalem artichokes are are totally different kind of thing though- they look like very knobbly small potatoes- and as said above, have a lovely nutty taste.

Anyhow- so far, so good - only had a small portion though, with homemade burgers and stir fried veg.
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Old 22.11.2015, 17:35
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Sbrinz- rule number one when abroad- watch and learn! Didn't you watch how they ate theirs- pulling each leaf and dip the fleshy part in mayonnaise or dip and suck off?

Jerusalem artichokes are are totally different kind of thing though- they look like very knobbly small potatoes- and as said above, have a lovely nutty taste.

Anyhow- so far, so good - only had a small portion though, with homemade burgers and stir fried veg.
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Re: Jerusalem artichokes- or topinmabours

Was thinking of trying something like this out myself.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandst...radicchio-cake
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Sbrinz- rule number one when abroad- watch and learn! Didn't you watch how they ate theirs- pulling each leaf and dip the fleshy part in mayonnaise or dip and suck off?

Jerusalem artichokes are are totally different kind of thing though- they look like very knobbly small potatoes- and as said above, have a lovely nutty taste.

Anyhow- so far, so good - only had a small portion though, with homemade burgers and stir fried veg.
Of course I didn't watch! I was probably lowering my eyes, and in true English manner, just getting on with the awful job. Even today I can't remember looking at how they were eating them.

Today I am very suave, and I now know how to prepare, cook, and eat them. I have bought topinmabours at Morteau and cooked them. I peeled them, which was very fiddly & I think next time I will just scrub them.
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Re: Jerusalem artichokes- or topinmabours

I love them and notice no particular ill effects, but be forwarned...a few years ago I planted 2 tubers, and gathered about 70 at season's end, so make sure you get as many tubers as you can so you can avoid being overrun!
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Re: Jerusalem artichokes- or topinmabours

Hihi- I watched how the Brits piled the peas on top of their fork, and how they eat their soup 'backwards' lol.

Didn't peel mine today, and as they are so fresh the skins are very soft- as you say, just scrubbed them. One recipe said that if you want to peel them, do so with a sharp knife and take off quite a thick layer off (2-3 mm) and then fry them in oil. Will try that tomorrow.

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I'm not making this up...

http://www.chowhound.com/food-news/1...he-fartichoke/
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Re: Jerusalem artichokes- or topinmabours

I know- I've read this too. But... so far,s till so good. Portion was small.

I will dig them all the remaining ones in Spring and re-plant in a veggie bed which is contained by raised sides!
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Re: Jerusalem artichokes- or topinmabours

I prefer them raw: wash, peel, and eat. They keep well in water in the fridge for later snacking.
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Re: Jerusalem artichokes- or topinmabours

Apparently adding sodium bicarb to the cooking water really helps with keeping the gases down (hihi you were right!)...

And they are supposed to be really good for diabetics, like St Georges mushrooms. Great.
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