Saving Salsify Seed

 

Salsify Flower - The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Salsify flowers open in the morning and close around midday.

Salsify or Vegetable Oyster

Salsify, also known as vegetable oyster, is a little known root vegetable. I remember my grandparents growing it in their garden when I was a kid. I’ve raised it several times and I enjoy the flavor, although it does have a tendency to cause some flatulence, so don’t load up on it the day before you go to a formal affair. 🙂

Salsify Plants - The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Salsify is a biennial, producing flowers and seeds the second year after planting.

I often miss a few of the salsify roots in the garden when I’m harvesting in the fall, and since this plant is a biennial, those overlooked roots produce flowers and seeds the next year. Last fall I neglected to harvest about half a row of these roots. So this year I should have a bounty of seeds for next year.

Salsify Seed - The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

The seeds aren’t mature enough to harvest yet, but you can see them forming.

 

The bees love these flowers and I’m enjoying their pretty purplish blue color in the garden. You can read a bit more about salsify and check out a photo of the roots on The Arid Land Homesteaders League post here.

 

Do you save seeds from your biennial crops?

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