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Oyster plant, Vegetable oyster

Compositae, Asteraceae Tragopogon porrifolius L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Salsify is grown for its edible roots, which when cooked have a flavor resembling that of oysters. Although naturally a perennial, the crop is produced as an annual. The leaves are smooth and very long and slender. The roots are white, long and slender, about I inch diameter at the crown, 10 inches to a foot long, and tapering. Cultural conditions are similar to carrots, but plants have a smaller leaf surface and require a longer growing season than carrots.

Season, seeding to harvest: 4 months or more.

Production in the U.S.: 34 acres reported in 1954 census.

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Use: As cooked vegetable. Part of plant consumed: Roots only.

Last update July 1, 1996 bha