It takes a bit of a stir for a vegetable to make the national newspapers, but when a major supermarket starts stocking an unusual vegetable, that is exactly what happens.
This is something chefs have known for a long time and salsify really is a popular ingredient, especially in higher-end restaurants. Bringing the product to a wider public through the supermarkets can only increase that popularity.
Salsify is a member of the daisy family and has grass-like leaves that grow up to 120cm tall. There are two types, one white and one black. The white variety looks more like a heritage carrot or thin parsnip, is fairly short at 5cm-12cm and is noticeably tapered with hair-like rootlets protruding from the main root. Black salsify is longer, at 15cm-30cm, and is more even in diameter. The skin is rough and dark brown colour; both types have creamy white flesh.
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