Salsify

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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