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A Sunchoke By Any Other Name

This week, CFET’s Farmer Jon visited the Montessori classroom and did a taste test of roasted Sunchokes.  The children helped to identify what part of the plant the Sunchoke comes from – the roots!  Also called Jerusalem Artichokes, the plant is not related to artichokes or native to Jerusalem but to North America.

After washing their hands, the children helped Farmer Jon sprinkle salt on the sliced Sunchokes and each took a turn stirring them in olive oil.  While the Sunchokes roasted for 20 minutes, the children engaged in other activities until it was time to taste them.

The children mostly gave thumbs up for the Sunchokes with many wanting more.  We did not give second servings however, because the nickname for Jerusalem Artichokes or Sunchokes is “Fartachokes”.  Consuming too many of them in one sitting has its consequences.  When Farmer Jon asked what they tasted like one student said “it is like a French fry, but different”.

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Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET)

The Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) manages three gardens in Camden. CFET has an innovative youth program that uses urban agriculture to develop young people’s skills and teaches healthy eating. We host service learning retreats focused on the environment and food justice.