Freaky Fruit: Salsify

November 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

© Photo by Margarida Correia. Salsify, a root vegetable resembling a long skinny parsnip, is both hearty and nutritious.

Ever hear of salsify?  This obscure root vegetable now in season at New York City Greenmarkets couldn’t come at a better time:  the parsnip look-alike is a great addition to stews and soups and makes for hearty winter side dishes.  The vegetable — also known as goat’s beard — can be mashed, boiled, steamed or creamed.  It is said to taste like oysters when cooked.

Salsify is not only hearty.  It is also nutritious.  It contains no fat and is low in salt and calories.  It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber.

Salsify is going for $5 – $6 a pound at the Union Square Greenmarket.

For other “Freaky Fruit” of the winter season, click here and here.

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