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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 'Originals'
Helianthus tuberosus, SunchokeTraditional knobbly, rounded tubers with a distinctive smoky flavour that are delicious roasted or added to stews and casseroles. Jerusalem artichokes are a low maintenance crop that will grow almost anywhere. The tall stems even make a useful windbreak throughout the summer months. Height: 3m (10'). Spread: 90cm (36"). More info
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