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
This crop does not transplant well so make sure to direct seed in your garden as soon as the soil can be worked (about 2 weeks before the last expected frost date).
Space your seeds 2-4 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds around 1 inch deep.
This plant prefers loose, well-drained soil, but too much nitrogen can impact yeilds adversly. Keep the plant well watered and weed free.
This crop prefers to grow in cool seasons, so gardeners in Zones 8 and warmer should plant this vegetable in the fall. The shade from taller plants can help keep this vegetable cool in sunny gardens and warm climates.