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Did you know that Topinambur means Jerusalem Artichoke in German?

But the small tuber has very little to do with the city of Jerusalem. The name has developed etymologically from girasole (Italian for sunflower) in English as Jerusalem. Gardeners in the Vatican used the flower of Jerusalem artichoke to remind us of small sunflowers — hence the name.

Photo via Flickr from user F Delventhal under CC BY 2.0

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