When we moved into this house, one of the delights was discovering the garden as the seasons unfolded. We were puzzled, that first summer, by tall leafy plants that L thought were sunflowers & I thought were possibly a type of salvia. Turns out we were both wrong. They’re Jerusalem artichokes.
And they’re edible.
But the question is: what to do with them? A recipe book said they need to be peeled, and the best way, apparently, is to boil these knobbly tubers and then peel the skin off. Well! It was like pulling the skin off dead squid. Time consuming, and not altogether pleasant. And enormous amounts of waste.
Never again, I thought. What an extraordinary thing to invest time in preparing. Unless someone can convince me otherwise.