Thanks Luis! I sure wish I had a proper farm, this is a small suburban backyard. If I ever get my hands on a few acres, I’ll go hogwild planting everything imaginable.
If the fruit drops off, it’s overripe. I contrasted fruitier breadfruit with the vegetable types we grow here, but all of them sweeten up at maturity. They must be picked underripe, fully grown but still green and hard. They’re ready to harvest when the fruit gets covered in white sap droplets, but before it darkens up. To harvest off a tall tree, you gotta stick a net and a knife on the end of a very long pole… It’s complicated.
Yep, Sunroot / Sunchoke / Jerusalem Artichokes are one and the same. With my sister’s help, I managed to get three varieties from OIKOS: Spindel, Red Fuseau and Supernova. So far, they’re loving the heat, but they were also targeted by the chickens.
The aerial tubers are referred to as bulbils, but I’m not sure if that’s a botanically correct term. The long root with small bulbils you mentioned sounds like Nagaimo, a type of Chinese Yam (Dioscorea polystachya, syn. D. batatas / D. opposita). I have it, along with a few other Chinese and Japanese Yams. Raw yams are slimy, cooked they’re vaguely like potato, very very yummy. Some of the yams in the Sunroot patch are purple-rooted types, Florida Ube and Dark Night St. Vincent. Haven’t tasted them, though.
Yep, that plant looks just like mine! Madeira Vine (I call is Basell Potato 'cause it’s easier for others to see it as a vegetable that way). Aerial bulbils, underground tubers, edible leaves and apparently fragrant blooms (mine hasn’t bloomed yet). I’ve tasted the leaves, a but like spinach but slimier (though not unappetizing). Raw bulbils were very slimy. Cooked, they were dead ringers for potatoes. I haven’t tried the roots yet, but I will once I’ve propagated it. Try it, I think you’d like it.
Thanks for the links! A chicken tractor sounds great, but it’d have to be a smaller one. The upper yard is a bit small. Past the breadfruit is a big o’le slope that ends in another yard at the bottom, I could close that off and keep chickens there, but it’ll take time. It’s dense with Guinea Grass, enough to keep me busy weeding for a long time. Chickens can mow a lawn down to the dirt, but Guinea Grass is too much for them to handle.