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Salsify, Black


Compositae, Asteraceae Scorzonera hispanica L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant has a long, fleshy tap root, similar to salsify, but black in surfacecolor, with white flesh. The leaves are entire and grass-like, but wider thangrass. The plant reaches 2 feet in height. The plant is perennial, but iscultivated as an annual. Culture is similar to that of other root crops, as salsify or carrots.

Season, seeding to harvest: About 6 months.

Production in the U.S.: No data, very limited.

Use: Roots as cooked vegetable. Leaves sometimes used as salad.

Part consumed: Mainly roots, leaves sometimes.

Last update July 1, 1996 bha