Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify
'Mammoth Sandwich Island' salsify roots.

Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify

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Mammoth Sandwich Island
Tragopogon porrifolius

120 Days — Also called "Oyster Plant," salsify roots can be baked, dipped in batter and deep-fried, or served au gratin. If you choose to boil them, it is best, for flavor purposes, to leave the light colored skin on until after cooking.

The seeds can take a long time to germinate (up to 21 days) and frequently fail to germinate if they are not kept consistently moist until the seedlings are established. Harvest roots in 16 to 25 weeks. Since they are a root crop, they prefer deep, stone-free soil in order to form the straightest, most attractive roots. The roots are hardy and can be left in the ground over winter.

As a biennial salsify flowers and goes to seed the second year. The blossoms are quite attractive and can make a nice ornamental display in the backs of flower beds. After blooming the flower pods will open up and look like a giant dandelion. Saving seed is as easy to do by simply grabbing the seed heads, after they open but before the fly away, and drying in paper sacks. Each packet contains two grams, which is approximately 195 seeds.
Easy and delicious
These are the easiest seeds I have ever grown! No problems with diseases or pests, even when insects were on the plants only 6 inches away. They taste somewhere between artichokes and potatoes to us. Fried they make a healthier, better-tasting substitute for French fries.
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Reviewed by:  from California. on 6/27/2013
Easy to grow. Even for a beginner with bad luck.
You cannot go wrong with salsify from Victory seed. I planted it as a surprise for a home sick friend. She ate it regularly as a kid, but couldn't find it in our area. It took FOREVER to come up, but once it did, it grew like a weed....until the goats ate it to the ground. I wrote it off and ignored that portion of the garden for the rest of the season. When I went to prepare the plot this spring I was thrilled to find a whole row of thriving salsify! I harvested all but one plant and proudly delivered it to my friend. She was thrilled with the salsify. I am thrilled with Victory Seeds® for propagating novel, fun, hardy crops like this. I will definitely plant salsify again.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Western Kentucky. on 4/26/2015
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