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Salsify (Tragopogon Porrifolius)

A root vegetable belonging to the Compositae family - so related to scolymus and scorzonera. When peeled, the root resembles a white carrot, but must be put into acidulated water quickly after peeling, or it with go black. Salsify is good peeled, sliced and boiled and then served with mild garlic butter or more traditionally in a white sauce. The young shoots can be used in salads. Salsify is sometimes known as the Oyster plant.

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