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. 🙂
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.
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.