- a purple-flowered, composite plant, Tragopogon porrifolius, whose root has an oyster-like flavor and is used as a culinary vegetable.
Origin of salsify
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Salsify must not be left exposed to the air, or it will turn blackish.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
"Thank you," said Amy taking the bunch of keys from Mrs. Salsify's hand.
"Well, the girl ought to pay for the waste she has occasioned," said Mr. Salsify, gruffly.
Thus it appears Mr. Salsify's high hopes are at length realized.
Drain off the water and cut the salsify in pieces half an inch long.Housekeeping in Old Virginia
Marion Cabell Tyree
- Also called: oyster plant, vegetable oyster a Mediterranean plant, Tragopogon porrifolius, having grasslike leaves, purple flower heads, and a long white edible taproot: family Asteraceae (composites)
- the root of this plant, which tastes of oysters and is eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin for salsify
biennial plant, 1710, from French salsifis, earlier sercifi, sassify (16c.), probably from Italian erba salsifica, from Old Italian salsifica, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Latin sal "salt" + fricare "to rub."