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
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
Salsify, Mammoth Sandwich Island Description
Cultivation of salsify roots as a vegetable began in Europe in the 16th century. It declined in popularity in the 19th century but is used in many European dishes. It is now a common biennial wildflower growing across North America, Europe, Southern Africa, and Australia.
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.