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Salsify, Spanish

Spanish oyster plant, Scolymus, Golden thistle

Compositae, Asteraceae Scolymus hispanicus L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This plant makes a root very like salsify, which see, but roots arelarger in size and hence more production is attained than with salsify. Theleaves are narrow and long, and very prickly or spiny. The plant grows 2 to 2.5feet in height. Roots, the edible part, are up to 10 inches long and 1 inchdiameter. Flavor of the cooked roots is milder than salsify. This is avegetable of minor importance, mainly limited to a few home gardens in the U.S. Culture is similar to that of other root crops, as carrots.


Season, seeding to harvest: About 6 months.

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

Use: As a cooked vegetable.

Part of plant consumed: Roots.


Last update July 1, 1996 bha