Salsify also known as Oyster Plant refers to a root vegetable that is native to the Mediterranean Region. Salsify is grown primarily for its edible root which has a flavor like that of oysters. The root looks like a long, thin parsnip, with creamy white flesh and a thick skin. Salsify can be boiled, mashed or used in soups and stews.It is usually peeled and can be used like carrots and parsnips, the same way as other root vegetables. Moreover, it can be added to soups and stews, parboiled and baked in a casserole with herbs and butter; pureed, battered and fried; or eaten cooked and cold in salad. Salsify's flower stalks which develop the second year can be cut and cooked like asparagus it they are harvested before they get woody. Like parsnips, salsify provides nutritive value being a little higher in protein and only half the calories. One (1) cup of cooked salsify supplies 40 calories, 3.5 grams of protein, 3.8 grams of fiber, 20.4 grams of carbohydrate, 60 mg calcium, 19 mg magnesium, 1.7 mg iron, and 251 mg of potassium. However, salsify has very little vitamin A, B, C, or E.
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