What's in Season: Salsify

An ideal winter vegetable


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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.

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  • Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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    I just had this for the first time this past Saturday and it was delicious. My husband and I ate dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns - amazing restaurant outside of NYC in West Chester County.

    Jan 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

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