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Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

Does anyone know if you can buy these in Switzerland and what they're called in German?
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Re: Artichokes from Jerusalem

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You can get jars of them in Migros. Not sure about fresh ones.

Also try Italian food shops - I bought a massive jar of them from Turgi last year. (a bit expensive, but tasty)
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Re: Artichokes from Jerusalem

I think you're talking about Globe artichokes that you can buy in olive oil? I'm talking about the roundish artichokes that look more like potatoes.
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Re: Artichokes from Jerusalem

Also no idea why my thread title was changed from 'Jerusalem artichokes' to 'Artichokes from Jerusalem' ?????

I was hoping I could find some Swiss-grown ones
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Old 22.08.2009, 11:22
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Re: Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

Hope the new title fits better
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Old 22.08.2009, 11:28
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Re: Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

The title has nothing to do with Jerusalem artichokes, evidently whoever changed it does not know what they are. Jerusalem artichokes are nothing like globe artichokes.

I have never seen Wikipedia reference-linkJerusalem artichoke here.

In German they are called Topinambur. They look more like Ginger root than potatoes.

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Re: Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

Other possible names in German for Topinambur:

Erdartischocke, Erdschocke, Indianerknolle or Zuckerkartoffel

I would ask the produce guy at your local market. Or, send a PM to EF user "Jack". I bet he could source them for you.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

I've never found them in CH unfortunately. I love them. They are supposed to be very easy to grow on your own so if you have a small garden you may want to try it out.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

I would advise not serving them at dinner parties. Especially not in the form of say, Jerusalem artichoke Soufflé
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

The season of Jerusalem Artichokes is coming! Anywhere I can find it in CH?
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

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The season of Jerusalem Artichokes is coming! Anywhere I can find it in CH?
You can find them in Migros and Globus. But the season here is more November to early Spring. Sorry.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

I bought jerusalem Artichokes in France (St. Louis) but it was in the autumn. Although they tasted great (I roasted them) the 'end' result was very undesirable
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

Jerusalem Artichokes and Kale are late Autumn vegetables.

You can order at the vegetable market stalls, they will bring some a few days later provided they are in season.

I often see both in French supermarkets, along with parsnips, swedes and turnips. But here they are rarely seen in Migros and Coop.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

East or West Jerusalem ?
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

They are more a late autumn vegetable. In Basel I used to get them at Marktplatz. In Zürich I've bought them at the Viadukt. I daresay you will find them at the other open markets when they are in season.

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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

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East or West Jerusalem ?
Actually i need it for this recipe By Yotam Ottolenghi. He is from west Jerusalem, but his co-chef - Sami Tamimi is from the east side of the city...
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

If I am not mistaken - in Israel you get to see them between June/July and November, I guess I will need to wait for the season here...

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If I am not mistaken - in Israel you get to see them between June/July and November, I guess I will need to wait for the season here...

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I grew them for about 15 years here in northeastern Switzerland. It all started with about three ounces, and after the second summer I was able to harvest up to 150 lbs a year.

I could start harvesting in August. Usually I left most of the bulbs in the soil and went on harvesting even during winter (ideal for raclette besides potatoes). In order to avoid having to dig in deep snow, I usually dug out a month's amount and stored it in a big bowl under some planting soil, picking only the daily or weekly demand. The bulbs began to shrink around March, pushing their vital substance into the preparation of new shoots.

In view of our pending divorce, my wife had them all removed, which was possible only by digging out the soil down to about 1 ft 6". They are very difficult to get rid of, and it needs a strong urge for revenge to do such.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

Beware anyone curious to try eating jerusalem artichokes - they can if not prepared properly give you the most terrible stomach complaints for days. I do believe the growing conditions for them require higher temperatures than switzerland gets in summer to grow as profusely as myself and other swiss I know have grown them here. But now I am in my new place I will not be growing them. They grow into a tall sunflower like plant that you pull up and in the ground comes out the bulbs which look like ginger.
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Re: Jerusalem Artichokes - where to buy + what are they called

don't they also call it `fartichoke'??
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