Mainly West of Queen Street - seen through my lens


Crones (Stachys Affinis)

Crones (Stachys Affinis)

At last Sunday’s Avondale Market, I encountered a vegetable that I had not seen or heard of before: named after the French town of Crosne (near Paris – both with a silent ‘s’), where, apparently, they were first cultivated after their introduction from Asia (in 1882). Other names are Chinese artichoke, chorogi, knotroot and artichoke betony; taste appears to be similar to Jerusalem artichoke. These examples were grown in West Auckland, I was told by Matthew the stallholder.

Let me know of your culinary experiences and recipes/tips for this root vegetable. At $50 per kg (at least half of that probably going into the washing of the tubers), they better be good.

Some further reading here and here.

Matthew and Crosnes

Matthew and Crosnes


  1. bettyl

    I’m glad I kept reading because, at first glance, I was sure they were maggots !! I’ve never heard of these. Thanks for the post.

  2. Amy

    I’ve never heard of them or seen them before, I also thought they were maggots or some sort of worm.

  3. Claire G

    Me too!

© 2022 Auckland – West

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑