When to harvest Artichokes?


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So I'm struggling to tell if my Sunchokes are ready to be harvested, the leaves have mostly turned brown but there are still flowers on top.

Would you say they look ready?
 

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That's a nice-looking tub of sunchokes.

I'm still learning about these strange looking tubers ;) but I understand they benefit from a light frost before harvesting...makes them sweeter, more flavorful.

Have you had a frost yet or expecting one soon?
 
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That's a nice-looking tub of sunchokes.

I'm still learning about these strange looking tubers ;) but I understand they benefit from a light frost before harvesting...makes them sweeter, more flavorful.

Have you had a frost yet or expecting one soon?
our first frost is in November, it is my first year growing sunchokes so ill post again when i harvest them.
 
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They look similar to ours. We grew them for the first time this year. Ours never flowered.

You can (I believe) harvest them any time from now, but they're supposed to be better after frost. Not just in terms of taste, but they cause less wind after frost.

Presumably you're aware of the warning about not eating too many at first. Most people can't digest them properly and they cause REALLY bad wind. You get used to it, but start very slowly with the quantity you eat.

I think I'll dig a few up tomorrow and give them a try. I'll report back.
 
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I'd have some now, even though Meadowlark is absolutely correct about the frost turning starch to sugar.
My big problem is that I love them raw, & have to be quarantined after eating them. :oops:
 
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