The Mammoth Salsify is known as the “Vegetable Oyster” due to its uncanny oyster-like flavor. This pre-1900 variety is shaped like a carrot and is native of the Mediterranean. Its long tapered roots average 8-10″ long and 1″ in diameter. Mammoth has a creamy white skin and white flesh with upright grass-like leaves



Learning Download: How to Grow Salsify

Salsify, also known as the oyster plant because of its light oyster flavoring, is a root vegetable not commonly found in grocery stores. The vegetable is similar to a carrot, but with white flesh. The young roots can be eaten raw if finely shredded onto a salad, but the roots are usually cooked in stews. Salsify has a longer growing season but is relatively simple to grow and can be a unique addition to any garden. Although it looks similar to a carrot, salsify is actually related to the dandelion and chicory.

Before Planting: Salsify can be grown over the winter in warmer climates or planted in the spring in cooler climates.

Planting: Salsify prefers a deep and well draining soil. Sow late spring,1″ apart, ½” deep, in rows 18–24″ apart. Do not allow soil to dry out prior to emergence. Thin plants to 2–3″ apart.

Watering: Since it is a root plant, salsify also requires frequent, deep water.

Fertilizer: Salsify requires frequent weeding, as the plants are such slow growers that fast-growing weeds can overtake them. Mulching around the plants can help deter weeds

Days to Maturity: Salsify is ready to harvest when the roots
are 12 inches in length. This can be up to 120 days after planting.

Harvesting: Dig roots in late fall just before the ground freezes. Flavor is best after several frosts. In mild areas, a portion of the crop may be left in the garden for spring harvest, as salsify is cold hardy. Apply a mulch or row cover in cold regions for winter survival insurance. Overwinter in soil or store in root cellar.

Tips: Carrot rust flies and wireworms can be pests that cause problems to your salsify plants. To deter carrot rust flies, spray insecticides or use outdoor sticky traps. For wireworms, leaving a cut piece of potato nearby will distract the pests from the salsify plants.

AVG. Seeding Rate: 1 oz./130′, 7.7 oz./1,000′, 10.5 lb./acre at 20 seeds/ft. in rows 24″ apart.

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