Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify
(aka Sandwich Island) Originally native to the Mediterranean, this variety dates to at least the 1880s. Known as “Vegetable Oyster” due to its uncanny oyster-like flavor. Long tapered roots average 8-10" long and 1" in diameter. Creamy white skin and white flesh. Upright grass-like leaves.
- 120 days
- Creamy white roots
- Roots are tapered and grow to 8-10 inches
- Leaves are upright and grass-like
- Subtle oyster-like flavor
This variety works for:
The young roots of salsify can be peeled and eaten fresh, but older roots are best cooked. The fibers of the root tend to break apart if it is boiled, so trying steaming or roasting it instead.
Salsify is often used with oysters in soups and bisques. Salsify is also a delicious addition to gratins.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Seeds will germinate in 3 weeks. Salsify prefers a deep friable soil and is most delicious after a frost. Dig roots in late fall.
- Direct Seed: 1" Apart
- Seed Depth: 1/2"
- Rows Apart: 18-24"
- Thin: 2-3" Apart