Plenty of things grow in winter in Arkansas, including these sunchoke tubers.
Inflicted Given as a gift from a friend, these natives can run wild quickly. In summer, they produce cheery yellow flowers, a lovely contrast to the blue sky.
The tubers are edible, however, finding a good recipe for them has proven elusive. This same friend has boiled, baked, dehydrated, mashed and au gratin-ed them. (mind you, this friend can make acorns and chickweed taste great.) Still, the tubers defy, um, conventional tastes. Maybe this should be an Iron Chef secret ingredient.