Monday, December 20, 2010

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Salsify is a rather uncommon root crop that is not often found growing in home gardens, but is actually a very care free vegetable to cultivate. Oyster plant’s main claim to fame is for producing an edible root with a taste that is similar to oysters. The roots and leaves can be used for cooking purposes. It is also known as white salsify, goatsbeard, and vegetable oyster.

Salsify is a perennial herb that grows wild in Europe and Asia.Wild chicory and bitter chicory are often improperly categorized as salsify.

The salsify root may be prepared the same way as parsnips. It is quick-cooking and can be served with different sauces. The tender leaves can be used in salad.

Benefits of Salsify

Salsify contains a natural insulin that, when digested by the stomach's hydrochloric acid, helps take place of the starch digestion that the pancreas would have to do. It has an alkaline ash. Alkaline-ash foods are foods that leave high concentrations of magnesium calcium, and potassium in their ash. These minerals are used to form alkaline compounds (called bases) in the body (including magnesium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide, and potassium hydroxide).

Nutrients in one pound(with tops)

3.2 mg
6.2 g
20 I.U.
1.3 g
.07 mg
38.4 g
.09 mg
100 mg
.6 mg
141 mg
Ascorbic acid
23 mg


Hu, J. F.; Zhao, X. H.; Parpia, B., and Campbell, T. C. Dietary intakes and urinary excretion of calcium and acids: a cross- sectional study of women in China. Am J Clin Nutr. 1993 Sep; 58(3):398-406.

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