Salsify Sandwich Island is like a skinny parsnip - white but with much longer roots. It has a sweet & mildly nutty taste and is sometimes called the 'Oyster vegetable' because it is said to have a flavour of oysters.
It is extensively used in Europe but is rarely seen or used in the UK so growing your own from seed is really the only way to taste this vegetable fresh, and it is very easy to grow. Salsify 'Sandwich Island' is ready to harvest from October. It can also be left to overwinter in the ground or can be dug up and stored in the same way as carrots and both will keep well until March/April. Salsify can be boiled, baked or fried or used in a gratin dish. It discolours easily so drizzle a little lemon juice over it whilst raw. Salsify is best boiled for about 8 mins and the skins removed after plunging in cold water. Useful vegetable available when little else is in the garden!
Salsify Sandwich Island Vegetable Seed Information
|Approx 85 per pack.
Any fertile stone-free soil type even heavy clay but not freshly manured as this causes forking.
|When to Sow
|How to Sow:
Station sow 2-3 seeds direct into soil, 1cm deep & 15cm apart in rows 25cm apart. Water carefully. Thin to strongest seedling as soon as large enough to handle.
Keep well watered & weed free.
|October to March. Dig up carefully as these roots are long and can snap easily.
When to SowSalsify Sandwich Island Vegetable Seeds
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