Salsify

Salsify is in a class of its own. The strangeness of its appearance is matched only by the strangeness of its flavor. Sometimes called “vegetable oyster,” this root vegetable has a flavor reminiscent of oyster with a touch of sweetness. The root of a rather attractive flower, salsify is pale, thin and long, looking vaguely similar to a parsnip but with a much rougher exterior. Black salsify, which is actually a different plant entirely, is much smoother and has the appearance of a long, dark brown carrot. Though it’s fairly uncommon in the modern era, people have been enjoyi..

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