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Scientific Name: Helianthus tuberosus

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Helianthus tuberosus
Helianthus tuberosus


  • Perennial
  • Family of the sunflower - grow up to 3m
  • Perennial with sand-papery leaves
  • Yellow flowers and edible knobby tubers
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Easy to grow in any soil

Culinary Uses

  • Sweet nutty taste like Brazil nuts
  • Salads - snack for dieters
  • Similar to potatoes when boiled and mashed.
  • Use like potatoes in recipes - roast, bake, French fries, soups, pickled

Parts Used

  • Tubers

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Does not contain starch.
  • Contain inulin - type of fructose, a natural sugar.
  • Inulin taste tastes sweet and satisfied like starch, but is not digested - average less than 120 calories per cup
  • Can be tolerated by diabetics

Other Uses

  • Use tubers to fatten cattle, sheep and pigs
  • Stems and leaves are rich in fat, protein and pectin - make good forage and silage
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