Salsify Mammoth Sandwich Island - 50 Heirloom Seeds
The roots of Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify are about 22cm long and tapered. The white flesh of these roots is wonderful for use in soups when peeled and boiled. They have a flavour similar to oysters, so this variety is sometimes called vegetable oyster. These take a good 120 days to grow but are a good keeper that can be overwintered.
Salsify in its modern form comes from 16th century Italy and later made its way to the rest of Europe. European cooks traditionally served this white parsnip-like root steamed or boiled with cream. Mammoth Sandwich Island salsify, developed in the 1860s in the United States, has been the preeminent salsify variety ever since.
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