Salsify, White Salsify, vegetable oyster or Oyster Plant is an unusual plant whose roots and leaves are eaten as a vegetable. Supposed to have originated in the Mediterranean, it is a member of the sunflower family. The root looks similar to a thin parsnip, long and rough in texture with a white or creamy flesh. The leaves are eaten in salads, sandwiches or sauteed with their stems in butter like leeks. Roots are peeled and used in fall and winter soups, stews, sauteed or sometimes mashed or mixed with mashed heirloom potatoes. True flavor when grown in deep rich soil is much closer to artichoke hearts than oysters.
Very hardy plant that is seeded in earliest spring and left to grow until fall frosts, when the cooler season richens the flavors. Needs a deep rich soil to produce the best taste. Best flavor if left in the ground until needed, dug up, washed, peeled and eaten fresh.
Approx 50 seeds per pack
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