many eons ago (25 years ago) i worked for some farmers in west central minnesota that where convinced by others to plant jerusalem chokes they where told that the tops made great silage and that there was a great new market for the tubers cows loved the tops but i don't know about the tubers
suez wrote:Does anyone have experience using Jerusalem Artichoke as fodder for animals.
I have often considered them for pigs, but not sure if they would do well in our dry/hot climate....
No one around me raises them, so getting seed might be difficult.
Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
I wonder if pit roasting or some other method of low-cost slow cooking would make sunchokes more digestible.
Ruminants actually find it important, from what I've read: something about metabolizing added nitrogen into protein.
Looks like they're lower in protein than alfalfa:
I have been looking for some sort of alternative forages. So for me personally, the protein levels are a significant piece of information and it may be to others as well.
Also, for anyone interested in different varieties, I couldn't find many people who keep track of what varieties they have. I did find several varieties available from Will Bonsell, through the Scatterseed Project at Moose Tubers.
I am going to respond to the questions posted about goats with a new thread.
Please could someone explain the difference between a Sunchoke & a Jerusalem Artichoke?