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27 responses to “Maybe It’s a Tuber: Crosnes”

  1. deana

    Thanks so much for this. I’ve never heard of them and when I saw the picture I thought it was an unusual pasta! Your description is perfect. Must investigate!!

  2. mike

    Little crunchy grub-like yummies? I am sooooo looking for these. Thanks!

  3. Celeste

    Not to mention they’re freakin’ adorable…

  4. Kathleen Bauer

    Aha! These are the buggers I’ve been trying to dig out of my blueberries for a couple of years…thanks, Hank!

    And a warning for all of you wannabe crosne growers: I’d recommend growing them in a container. They are extremely invasive and, as Hank said, “You will never get all the tubers out of your garden, so be prepared for a long-term visitor.”

  5. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    I wonder if I can find these at my local Asian market?? The one on the right in the last pic looks like it’s laughing!

  6. Dawn | KitchenTravels

    I have never heard of, nor seen, these. Very cool! They look like little curly pasta. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Dan

    I’ve seen this quite a few times in my Charlie Trotter cookbooks, but have never seen them for sale anywhere. Interesting to learn that they are so easy to clean… it was always my assumption that they would be very difficult to clean, requiring removal of a skin from those crevices between the lumps.

  8. Shamiq

    Any more details in terms of how to start these? Go to an asian market, try to find tubers, stick in ground? Or a bit more complex?

  9. Aimee St.Germain

    When I first saw the photo, I thought these were grubs! I’ll have to keep an eye out for these at the farmers market and give them a try…

  10. Melody

    Interesting little tuber! Like you, I enjoy planting odd things that make people ask questions. Your article started me on a search for the plants and found 2 sources to purchase them from. has them available for $5.50 each has them available for $4.75 each

    Both places sell them as individual potted plants.

  11. Julia

    I’ve never heard of crosnes and I’m fascinated with them now after reading your post! I grow a small garden and am always looking for new produce to try – will definitely keep an eye out for crosnes!

  12. Andrea Mynard

    Hadn’t heard of these before – what a great shape, they look like some sort of novelty pasta! Do they taste a bit like jerusalem artichokes? Their growing habits, especially their tendency to colonise a garden sounds similar. Very tempted to grow and cook them.

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  14. Dina

    i saw these at the produce market and wondered what they were and howw you would use them. great info and recipe looks good!

  15. David

    I can’t be the only one to think of Kindergarden Cop, so I got to say it. It’s not a tuber. Seriously though, I’ve never seen these in the market. Next time, I got to the asian store I’ll take a look.

  16. Sandra / Kitchen Apparel

    I have to get some of these, they look so cool and your recipe sounds great. I would love to grow them in my garden too!

  17. rima featherstone

    I have been searching the web, (and the nurseries, and the farm stands), trying to find a source for crosnes and for planting instructions. I am so glad to have found your site, and a recipe, now I just have to plant the little buggers!

    And @Lisa; I thought the same thing, the one on the right is laughing!

  18. Hank Stokes

    These little guys made me think of Trout Lily bulbs. Any similarity in flavor? I may try this recipe with them as a substitute this spring.

  19. Adriane

    I too was interested in crosnes after seeing a picture. Imagine my delight when I found that crosne’s close relative, Stachys floridana, aka betony root, grows here in the U.S. Where I am in the Houston, TX area, huge invasive beds of it are everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE. Just yesterday, I dug up some of the roots on a sheltered sandy creek bank and found that they look exactly like crosnes. It’s late winter but there were plenty of usable sized roots in about a square foot of space. I could tell that they were very young so will increase in size as the year progresses. I plan to dig some every two weeks or so until I pinpoint the exact best time of harvest for my area.
    BTW, my son and I steamed them briefly then sauteed them in butter, garlic, salt and pepper. DELICIOUS!!! I think it’s something worth looking into for those interested in crosnes. Info on them is readily available on the web. The plants are very easy to identify.

  20. Lynn

    OMG! we found them growing ‘wild’ in a friends yard!

  21. Barbara Garson

    At $22 a pound I bought two tiny Crosnes or artichoke betony. I’m about to try one raw and one boiled in salty water. Would they or the related tubers Stachys floridana, i.e. betony root that Adriane talks about be found as far north as New York City?

  22. Sharita Johnson

    I found these in my yard while digging a new garden site 2 years ago. I didn’t know what they were. I thought they were some type of cocoon. I left them on the driveway and nothing happened. No one here in SC seemed to know what they were. Now that I know what they are I will take better care of them and definitely try them. I happened to see them in the October 2015 Fine Gardening magazine. Thanks a bunch!

  23. Becky

    My mom and I toured the Eifel Tower as part of a large group once and we were supposed to lunch in the Eifel Tower restaurant. As the only vegetarian in the group, the chef had to figure out what to do for me last minute. I thought I’d be stuck with French fries. They ended up bringing me the most beautiful, colorful, interesting plate of sautéed vegies including these which I had never seen before. I Googled and found out here what they are and how I can perhaps grow them myself. Thanks so much!

  24. BC

    One Green World has them for sale. I’m considering trying them out in my garden but haven’t decided yet. Probably will eventually.

  25. Jeff

    I live in south Korea and this plant is popular as a medicinal food. It is commonly pickled or made into a tea. A neighbor gave me some and going to try planting some.

  26. Karen Bates-Earnest

    I have a garden box dedi6to these and Jerusalem artichokes,they grow well together.

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