Salsify, Mammoth Sandwich Island
- Creamy white roots
- Roots are tapered and grow to 8-10 inches
- Leaves are upright and grass-like
- Subtle oyster-like flavor
- 120 days
(Tragopogon porrifolius) (aka Sandwich Island) Originally native to the Mediterranean, this variety dates to at least the 1880s. Known as “Vegetable Oyster” due to its uncanny oyster-like flavor. Long tapered roots average 8-10" long and 1" in diameter. Creamy white skin and white flesh. Upright grass-like leaves. 120 days.
Learn to Grow it
Direct Seed: 1" Apart
Seed Depth: 1/2"
Rows Apart: 18-24"
Thin: 2-3" Apart
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Seeds will germinate in 3 weeks. Salsify prefers a deep friable soil and is most delicious after a frost. Dig roots in late fall.