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Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?

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Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?

Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/19/2011, 10:14 am

Just read about a vegetable called crosne, or Chinese artichoke, which sounds like it would be delicious, and perfect for a table top bed. (read whole article here: http://blog.oregonlive.com/homesandgardens/2011/04/daily_home_garden_tip_crosnes.html ). From the picture, they look alot like sunchokes a/k/a Jerusalem artichokes. We grow sunchokes, but these sound even more delicious. Whadda 'ya think?

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Re: Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?

Post  LaFee on 4/19/2011, 3:15 pm

They're little guys -- no bigger than the top two joints of your little finger, and not even as big around.

My son is fascinated with them because they look like grubs.

They're boiled and tossed with butter here, and are supposedly delicious. (they're also blindingly expensive in the stores, so we haven't tried them yet, and I don't want to grow them to have him not like them!)

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/19/2011, 4:35 pm

Thanks, LaFee.....like grubs, huh? BTW, how DO you pronounce crosne? Wonder what the grandkids would think about being served vegan grubs. Our sunchokes look kinda like mutant fingerling potatoes. They grow down below the main garden, alongside some gapevines, and do quite well with benign neglect. They sure are good dug out and steamed for dinner this time of year.

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Re: Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?

Post  LaFee on 4/19/2011, 6:30 pm

You CANNOT laugh at this -- but I've never heard the word pronounced in English or French, so have no idea!

Merriam-Webster online says it's like crosneh...and I don't think you want to KNOW how it comes out in French!

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/19/2011, 8:48 pm

But,.....but, aren't they named after a town in France: Crosne, where they were first grown? Sheesh, even the 'net misleads. "snicker"

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Re: Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?

Post  LaFee on 4/20/2011, 9:13 am

That's correct -- it's named after a town in France.

But "crosne" in English doesn't sound a lick like "crosne" in French.

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/20/2011, 10:36 am

Man, I'm afraid to attempt pronouncing "crosne" in English.....afraid some wag will speak up, "Geshundeit!"

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Post  Miss M on 4/20/2011, 1:13 pm

Should be pronounced "crone", n'est-ce pas? What a Face

Which, around your mother-in-law, could get you into trouble...

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Post  westie42 on 4/20/2011, 2:46 pm

I googled it to find where to buy the tubers and mostly got a big list of real estate for sale there. Apparently this photo is a bit deceptive. But it does sound and look interesting to try.
http://media.oregonlive.com/homesandgardens/photo/crosnesjpg-3024c72e6dbcbff8.jpg

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Re: Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?

Post  LaFee on 4/21/2011, 3:34 am

No, MissM, the s is pronounced, but it's more of a "z", with the gutteral "r" in French.

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Re: Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?

Post  Miss M on 4/21/2011, 7:28 pm

@LaFee wrote:No, MissM, the s is pronounced, but it's more of a "z", with the gutteral "r" in French.

Really??? Okay, so... "croz-neh"?

Guess I need to re-sharpen my French. It has been a while... Cool

I am remembering more of it now that I'm back in Cajun-land, though. What a Face Getting ready to sign my kids up for French with Mango through our library system. They want to learn Japanese, too. Actually, they want to learn Japanese, and I want them to learn French, because of our heritage and where we live.

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Crosne and other unusual vegetables

Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/22/2011, 10:05 pm

Westie, thanks for your research, the website you posted is the article from The Oregonian newspaper where I first heard about crosne. Being a very curious person who always wants to try "the next new thing," it set me off. From what LaFee wrote, they appear a bit tiny to be of much use. Think I'll stick with the sunchokes we're already raising, and my new venture: Japanese sweet potatoes. Perhaps later try yacon and/or oca, all curious ancient tuber vegetables. Wonder if anyone else out there is raising unusual vegetables, hmmmm?

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Re: Anyone out there tried crosne tubers?

Post  Odd Duck on 4/28/2011, 4:32 am

I have yacon and oca in the ground now. My first try, so I haven't even tasted them yet. I'm going on a recommend from another forum, so we'll see how it goes.

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 4/28/2011, 10:47 am

Thanks for posting, Odd Duck. Hope to hear what you think of your new veggies when you've had a chance to taste them. How large were the oca and yacon tubers you planted?

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Post  Odd Duck on 4/28/2011, 3:41 pm

The oca ranged from tiny, about 1/4" tubers in clumps, to about 1" across and 1.5" long. I "bought" 3 plants, but they had to be shipped bare root and what I got was 4-5 large tubers and twice that many small and down to tiny tubers. I didn't try to separate them all, some were too stuck together so I just planted those in clumps. I figure when I harvest this fall, I'll be separating large and small tubers, save the smalls to plant and eat the large (at least, that's my hope).

The yacon was 2 plants, each tuber about 1" across at the fatter end, 1/2" at the skinny end, and about 3" long. I'm hoping to harvest about the same way, eat the largest, re-plant the smallest.

They all seem to be settling in and growing, so we'll see what I find this fall.

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