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A relative of the thistle, the leaves and heart of globe artichokes are edible (the hearts are delicious pickled too). They're ideal in the flower garden too, attracting bees to the flowers if left unharvested. Jerusalem artichokes belong to the sunflower family, have a distinctive smoky flavour and are perfect roasted or added to stews and casseroles.
Globe Artichoke 'Green Globe Improved' F1 Hybrid
Cynara cardunculus, Cynara scolymus, CardoonMore info
Jerusalem Artichoke 'Gerard'
Helianthus tuberosus, SunchokeJerusalem Artichoke 'Gerard' makes an eye-catching variety with its white flesh and colourful red skin. As a result, this French cultivar has created a lot of interest in the restaurants and specialist food outlets. Although, perhaps slightly lower yielding than the popular variety 'Fuseau', its smoky flavour is considered by many to be superior. This low maintenance crop will grow almost anywhere and the tall stems make a useful windbreak too. Height: 3m (10'). Spread: 90cm (36"). More info
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