A true biennial, salsify is grown like carrots or parsnips. The multi-lobed roots average 8” long and 1” in diameter. The roots have a smooth, firm texture and a rich, nutty flavor. Young roots can be eaten raw, but mature roots are best cooked. They’re delicious baked, steamed, fried, or in soups and stews. But it’s when boiled that they take on the aroma and subtle flavor that give them the nickname “mock oyster” or “oysterplant.” We use them to make a veggie chowder that tastes just like the real thing. An incredibly versatile vegetable, flower shoots can be prepared like asparagus, and the young leaves and second-year flower buds and purple flowers are all edible in salads. The plants are extremely hardy and survive our -20 degree winters in Minnesota with no mulch. Packet contains at least 100 seeds.