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Umbelliferae, Apiaceae Sium sisarum L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Skirret is a vegetable grown for its edible roots. The plant grows to 3 to 4 feet high and bas compound, pinnate leaves. The roots grow in clusters, like sweet potatoes; but are longer, somewhat cylindrical, and somewhat jointed. They have a sweet taste and are tender if well grown, but have a woody, nonedible core. Plants are usually grown from seed, which may be started in beds and transplanted to the field, or may be field sown.

Season, seeding to harvest: 6 to 8 months.

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

Use: As cooked vegetable.

Part consumed: Fleshy, tuberous roots.

Last update June 28, 1996 bha