Beaver Valley Purple Jerusalem Artichoke/Sunchoke

Purple skin, white nutty-flavoured interior. Originates from Beaver Valley, British Columbia. Matures in 110-120 days. Hardy and reliable yields.

The Beaver Valley Purple Jerusalem Artichoke, also known as sunchoke, is a striking variety known for its deep purple-skinned tubers and excellent flavour. This variety was developed in Beaver Valley, located in British Columbia, Canada, an area celebrated for its fertile soils and favourable growing conditions. Through selective breeding, this sunchoke has been enhanced for desirable traits such as tuber size, colour, and taste. Cultivated for several decades, it is renowned for its hardiness and reliable yields, even in challenging growing conditions.

Typically maturing in about 110-120 days, this variety thrives in a range of soil types, though it prefers well-drained soils. The tubers have a mild, nutty flavour and a crisp, white interior, making them versatile in the kitchen. They can be enjoyed raw in salads, roasted, sautéed, or pureed into soups, adding a delightful taste to various dishes.

Planting should occur 3-5 inches deep in early spring when the soil is workable, with tubers spaced about 12-18 inches apart in rows that are 3 feet apart. For regions with mild winters, fall planting is also an option. Fall planting allows the tubers to establish over the winter, potentially leading to an earlier harvest the following season. Be sure to mulch well to protect from frost. The plants require full sun and consistent moisture during the growing season. Harvesting is best done after the first frost to maximize flavor, with careful digging to avoid damaging the tubers. Once harvested, the tubers store well in a cool, dark place, providing a supply of nutritious and flavorful sunchokes throughout the winter.

With its attractive appearance, robust growth, and culinary versatility, the Beaver Valley Purple Jerusalem Artichoke is a valuable addition to any garden. Its ability to thrive in various climates and soil conditions makes it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits.

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