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Salsify - Yellow Goat’s Beard

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Tragopogon spp 

Story: This unusual crop produces beautiful yellow flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon, the roots are said to taste like oysters (they do a little) and the young shoots and leaves and even flower buds can be steamed like asparagus. The roots need to be peeled, this is much easier if you steam the roots whole first. Try roots steamed, peeled and dipped in melted butter…delicious! This plant is biennial, be sure to harvest roots in the first year’s growth before they flower.

Sow: March  – May direct 

Requirements: full sun, moist soil, warmth and humidity. 

Harvest: March - April and Sep - Dec  

Seed contributors: Omved Gardens

Seed harvested: 2023

Please remember, if you’re an individual grower you can order up to 3 packets of seeds. If you order more than this, you will receive just three packs to begin with. This is to ensure we get plenty of data in return and to keep our stocks sustainable for years to come.* 

*Community groups and Experienced Growers can order larger quantities, please email us if this is the case.

If an item is out of stock we will send a close alternative.