Name: Salsify, Black ‘Enorma’
Scientific Name: Scorzonera hispanica ‘Enorma’
Once thought to help against venomous snake bites, salsify is now enjoyed as a healthy root vegetable. With a root tasting like oysters it is popular in mixed vegetable dishes, however the hard cork like outer layer must be removed before eating.
Origination: Southern Europe
Recommended Uses: Culinary
Height: 3ft (1m)
Hardiness: zones: USDA zones 5-9
Flower Color: Yellow
Other Names: panish salsify, black oyster plant, serpent root, viper’s herb, viper’s grass
Growing Instructions: Full to part sun, moderate water.
Does best if direct sown due to the taproot. Sow in the spring after the threat of frost has passed, keeping the seeds well-watered until germination. Seeds should be covered with twice their diameter with soil. Once sprouted in the garden plants should be thinned to 2-4 inches apart. Salsify that is planted in the spring can be harvested in the fall, or the following year for a larger crop.