Ground Nuts – Apios americana

Ground nuts, also called Hopniss( from Lenai Lenape), and the binomial name -Apios americana are a tasty tuber that grow along the edge of creeks and rivers throughout the United States. It grows as an analog with Sunchoke (Helianthos tuberosum) and is a vining plant trailing up the stem of the perennial sunflower friend.

Hopniss
Groundnut tubers being weighed for sale.

Ground nuts were used extensively by Native Americans as a food source in spring and fall, though they can be harvested and eaten any time of year. Hopniss also is in the bean family and makes an edible bean which can be cooked adding one more reaons to consider this great plant in your garden.

The flavor of Hopniss is drier and sweeter than potato =, kind of beany in some ways, and usually takes about 30 or so minutes to cook when boiling. You can eat the skins as well for their nourishment, but larger older tubers tend to need peeling to get way the dirt recesses and to give an even flavor.

Hopniss can also be dried into a flour for making breads and thickening soups and such.

This great food is available at Eleven Acre Farm for $15 pound all spring. We also have potted plants available for sale in our nursery.

 

Spring is finally here at Eleven Acre Farm!!

Spring is finally here after a very, very long winter. the snow is still on the ground and it looks to be a late season. The nursery is waking up and the gardens are popping out of the snow. Soon we will be planting out the greenhouse and getting the elderberry potted up for sale.

It is going to be a great year!!

Eleven Acre Nursery
Eleven Acre Nursery is waking up finally after a long winter.
Gardens under snow
our gardens are still undersnow and the water courses are evident after a very long winter. The plants inside the house are waiting anxiously.

 

Moving Elderberry for Caledonia Spirits Owner!!

This week we moved 200 Elderberry Plants to Greensboro for the owner of Caledonia Spirits, Todd Hardie.

These are the parent plants, Barry Hill and Coomer varieties developed by Lewis Hill, and the roots/cuttings we took for our nursery that we will be offering this spring and in future years.

It was a great journey returning the plants to the same road where Lewis Hill had originally developed many years before. ¬†We are honored to bring these plants to you and to keep the heritage of this great plant and lewis Hill’s work alive and thriving.

Elderberry
Barry Hill and Coomer Elderberry plants before being moved to Greensboro. the parent plants of our nursery.
B&B Elderberry
Tying up the plants for transport with Andrew Wolf.
Elderberry
Mack Erickson strapping down the elderberry for transport.