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About Chinese artichoke
Wikipedia Article About Chinese Artichoke on Wikipedia
Out of the several unrelated species of vegetable all called artichokes, the Jerusalem artichoke is an unusual sight on the allotment or vegetable plot, but the Chinese artichoke or knotroot is distinctly rare. From a cultivation standpoint this is rather odd — the Chinese artichoke is easier to grow, requiring neither staking nor earthing-up. The reason that Chinese artichokes are so unpopular is the nature of the tubers — small, convoluted and indented, so that it is the cook rather than the gardener or the family who finds this vegetable frustrating.
The flavour of Chinese artichokes is delicate and delicious — treat as jerusalem artichokes in cooking.
In China, the Chinese artichoke is used primarily for pickling.