Republished with permission from Bite Size Wellness
Salsify—the root vegetable—is a lesser known crop you can find at the farmers market. It looks like a mangled, ugly carrot but it’s what is within that counts. Plus it is outrageously satisfying to make an ugly or scary ingredient into something magically delicious.
Enter the salsify.
What resembles a bundle of fat twigs is actually very nutritious and versatile. The salsify has a sweet, creamy taste and texture. Also known as the “oyster plant,” the flavor is compared to the clean, neutral flavor of seafood. It is also often described as being similar to asparagus or artichoke hearts. The root veg is high in fiber and low in fat. It also contains essential minerals like potassium and vitamin B.
This ancient root vegetable is starting to gain popularity again because celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay are featuring them on their menus. Although it isn’t the most attractive vegetable it is worth tracking down during the short winter into spring season that the salsify is available.
Educate your palate with this seasonable root vegetable goes with almost anything. You can prepare the salsify the same way you would prepare most root crops like carrots or parsnips. We can only hope you become more familiar with the delicious veg by creating one of these salsify recipes:
- A newbie salsify eater can’t go wrong with these lightly pan-fry them with a piece of ham wrapped around the outside. Heaven.
- Fritters anyone? Make these vegan black salsify fritters for a snack or a side dish.
- Simply steam your salsify and top them with a dab of honey and butter.
- A common French winter dish is a salsify potato cheese gratin which is sure to warm you up.
- Pair your salsify with a protein of your choice by making a smooth salsify cream sauce. It is especially good with seafood.
Have you tried salsify? What is your favorite way to prepare it?