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Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify seeds

  • Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify seeds
  • Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify seeds
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Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify seeds

Tragopogon porrifolius

Grown on Ophidian Farms - always organic!


Salsify is an heirloom vegetable with a tapered carrot-like root which is native to Europe and the Mediterranean.  Known as “Vegetable Oyster” due to its uncanny but subtle oyster-like flavor, this variety dates to at least the 1880’s.   The Creamy white roots are tasty in soups and stews, or cooked alone, and are usually about 8 to 10 inches long and around one inch in diameter.

Start by sowing seeds in spring as soon as the soil has warmed up. Sow seeds about 1.5cm (0.5in) deep in rows 30cm (12in) apart. Seedlings can take up to three weeks to appear, so you'll need to be patient. Once they have germinated, thin the seedlings out to leave 15cm (6in) between the young plants.  The upright, grass-like leaves and purple flowers the second summer distinguish it from Scorzonera, also called Black Salsify, which usually has yellow flowers and different shaped leaves.

Salsify is ready for harvest in fall when the foliage dies. The flavor is improved if the roots are exposed to a few frosts before harvesting salsify. Dig them with a garden fork or spade, inserting the tool deep enough into the soil that you don't cut the root.  The roots can also be eaten in the following spring after overwintering.  Salsify is a biennial, so the seeds come from flowers which appear on long stalks in the second year.

Approximately 95 seeds / gram
Auction is for 1 packet = 1 gram = around 95 seeds
Germination rate = 80 %

Harvested fresh in summer of 2018, for sale through 2019!

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