Patches of Jerusalem artichoke are beginning to grow on the courtyard. Known as sunroot, sunchoke, or earth apple, the Jerusalem artichoke is a species of sunflower that is native to eastern North America. Its tubers, the storage organ for nutrients, are edible and have a sweet taste due to its production of fructose. Once they are fully grown, please feel free to pick some Jerusalem artichoke for yourselves. To read more, check out our post about them on our old site.