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crosne du Japon

Chinese artichoke

Il s’agit de crosnes du japon  cultivated in francethe photo has been taken by me.

Stachys affinis. Crosnes du Japon or Chinese artichokes are delicate nutty-flavoured tubers that appear quite often next to the Jerusalem artichokes (topinambours) in the larger French supermarkets and high-end grocers.

First cultivated in Europe in the town of Crosne (Essonne), they were quite popular until their proclivity for spreading like a weed made farmers think again.

Crosnes du Japon have a very short shelf life because of their thin skin; when the French use them (raw, pickled, dried or cooked), the dish is known as japonaise (crosne arrived in France via Japan, although it originated in northern China—hence the confusion).


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Jonathaneo~commonswiki assumed