|Allotment Crops - Black Salsify|
I grew a new and slightly unusual crop last year - Black Salsify.
In Spring my wife Jo visited a friend in France and bought some seeds for me at the local market. From the photo on the packet she thought that they were purple french beans.
When we Googled "Scorsonère" we discovered that it is a root vegetable - also known as Black Salsify, Spanish Salsify or Scorzonera. Similar to, but not the same plant as "normal" Salsify.
I love growing something new - so enjoyed sowing the seeds in April, in two rows next to my carrots and leeks.
They grew better than my carrots and didn't seem to suffer from any pests or diseases.
I harvested some in October and November - and have now taken the last of the crop.
I needed the spade to loosen the soil all round, then used the trowel to excavate further.
I don't think I succeeded getting many out fully intact. But a nice harvest nonetheless.
We've eaten some plain - parboiled for 20 minutes then lightly fried in butter.
Next I'll try some sauteed with garlic and maybe onion.
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