How to prepare
Since I mentioned burdock previously, a few words are in order since it is a suitable substitute for salsify. Burdock is a very crisp vegetable with a subtle flavor that is both sweet and slightly earthy (similar to an artichoke, to which it is related), sometimes with a slightly bitter edge. The bitter edge can be reduced by soaking the prepared roots in water for five to 10 minutes. Burdock is often breaded and deep-fried.
Burdock and salsify share many traits, with the most notable difference being burdock’s relatively denser, crisper texture. When cooked, both roots tend to have a slightly creamy yet firm texture and a slightly sweet flavor reminiscent of artichokes.