Bunch of salsify roots in a basket

Salsify

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Salsify is a root vegetable that has an oyster-like flavour when cooked. Discover when it is in season, plus how to store, prepare and cook with it.

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.

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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.

How to store salsify

Refrigerate in an airtight container and use within one week.

When is salsify in season?

October to January.

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Choose the best salsify

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