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Scorzonera hispanica or black salsify is a great vegetable to grow in Wales. It’s perennial, suitable for a permaculture garden. It’s slug resistant and stronger than most weeds. The pretty yellow flowers have a vanilla like smell and produce plenty of viable seeds (contact me closer to the end of summer/early autumn if you want some). Leaves are edible (fresh or cooked) in the spring, the roots you can dig at any time. Peel either before or after cooking. I usually boil or microwave them. On the picture is the spring crop, cooked with leaves – plus salt, spices and olive oil.
The taste is nice, similar to other root veg, especially, I think, parsnip and cassava, and normal leafy greens.
The black salsify is very easy to grow. I only plant the seeds or separated roots – full stop. And it is nutritios: according to Wikipedia, it’s contains proteins, fats, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, vitamins A, B1, E and C. It tastes sweet because of the glycoside inulin which is a great news for people watching their blood sugar levels.
So, here we are – a perfect plant for your garden!
Some of yesterday’s allotment harvest. .. It’s not just organic but also very low maintenance. I grow only the vegetables which want to grow anyway… Most of them I just plant. Potatoes had a bit of soil added twice.
Haven’t quite figured out how to dig up long scorcenera roots so they a bit shortened. ..