The Jerusalem Artichoke (or more specifically our flowering helianthus tuberosus) is a permaculturist’s dream. Not only does it have a pretty yellow flower, but it provides shade and requires very little work as all you have to do is harvest it after planting (which is great for permaculture philosophy)! While some consider it to be invasive, it is native to North America and was commonly used in this region by Native Americans because of its long winter storage lifespan and high caloric content. Jerusalem Artichoke is now also common in Europe and is used in many food products including wine. The tubers resemble potatoes and can be used as a calorie dense substitute, but they must be cooked first.
Come by the Courtyard and harvest yourself some Jerusalem Artichoke today!