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Kitchen Dictionary: salsify

Pronounced: SAL-sih-fee

A white-fleshed root vegetable with grayish skin that resembles a carrot or parsnip in shape. Salsify can be up to 12 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. Salsify is known as "poor man's oyster" for its mild oysterlike flavor. There are other varieties including one with a pale gold skin and another with a black skin (scorzonera). Although not common the U.S., it can be found in Spanish, Italian or Greek markets. Serve as a vegetable or use in savory pies, creamed soups, stews or side dishes.


Season: available year-round

How to select: Avoid woody roots and any that are oversized and tough. Select roots that are heavy for their size and free of defects and not too gnarled.

How to store: Refrigerate up to 7 days.

How to prepare: Peel and blanch. Then saute, fry or roast.

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Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 cup slices
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 109
Calories from Fat 2 (2%)
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g %
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Potassium 505mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 24.7g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4.4g 17%
Sugars 4.4g
Protein 4.4g 8%

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