What is salsify?

A root vegetable belonging to the dandelion family, salsify is also known as the oyster plant because of its similar taste when cooked. The root is similar in appearance to a long, thin parsnip, with creamy white flesh and a thick skin. In the same way as many root vegetables, salsify can be boiled, mashed or used in soups and stews.

How to prepare salsify

Scrub the root under cold running water, peel with a sharp knife and place in water with a little lemon juice.

How to cook salsify

Peel the root, then cut into short lengths and simmer for half an hour until soft. Drain, then sauté in a little butter. Try our salsify crumpets recipe topped with poached eggs.

How to store salsify

Refrigerate in an airtight container and use within one week.

When is salsify in season?

October to January.

Choose the best salsify

Choose salsify that's firm and smooth, preferably with the green tops still on.