• Salsify
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n salsify either of two long roots eaten cooked
    • n salsify Mediterranean biennial herb with long-stemmed heads of purple ray flowers and milky sap and long edible root; naturalized throughout United States
    • n salsify edible root of the salsify plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Salsify (Bot) See Oyster plant, under Oyster.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n salsify A plant, Tragopogon porrifolius. It is extensively cultivated as a vegetable, the long fusiform root being the esculent part. Its flavor has given rise to the name of oyster-plant or vegetable oyster. Also purple goat's-beard. See cut on preceding page.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Salsify sal′si-fi a biennial plant growing in meadows throughout Europe, whose long and tapering root has a flavour resembling asparagus—also Sal′safy—often called Oyster-plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. salsifis,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. sassefrica, goat's-beard—L. saxum, a rock, fricāre, to rub.


In literature:

She is seated on sheaves of wheat and crowned with a gallant garland of wheat ears interlaced with salsify and other flowers.
"Notre-Dame de Paris" by Victor Hugo
Having scraped the salsify roots, and washed them in cold water, parboil them.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
SALSIFY is a root vegetable resembling in food value such other root vegetables as carrots and parsnips.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The thistles were so large as to resemble young palm-trees, and the salsify of our gardens grew rank and wild.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
Carrots and salsify, unless very old, need scraping only.
"The Story of Crisco" by Marion Harris Neil
These resemble very nearly the taste of the salsify or oyster plant, and will generally be preferred.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
A deep sandy soil with a coat of manure put in the bottom of the trench will produce fine roots of Salsify.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
Cook salsify in salted water until tender, alternate it in a baking dish with bread crumbs seasoned with pepper and salt, and dot with butter.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
Mrs. Salsify now began to regard Dick with different eyes, as what prudent mother would not?
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
What is salsify a bundle to-day?
"Lippincott's Magazine, Volume 11, No. 26, May, 1873" by Various
To prevent salsify from turning dark, drop as soon as pared into a mixture of flour, water and a little vinegar.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Serve with it brown sauce and browned turnips or parsnips or salsify fritters.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
The root is prepared as described for salsify, and is never made in salad.
"Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks" by Pierre Blot
"Farm Gardening with Hints on Cheap Manuring" by Anonymous
Scrape a bunch of salsify and throw into cold acidulated water.
"The Myrtle Reed Cook Book" by Myrtle Reed
When that is seasoned it tastes just like salsify.
"Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy

In news:

Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops, with sundried tomatoes, locally foraged mushrooms, carmeised salsify at Ivoryton's historic Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton.