My really small, french culinary-school teacher (I loved this teacher – not only because he had amazing skills he were so incredible french you almost thought he was faking it) called salsify “poor mans asparagus” and I think thats really clever, because it has the subtile flavors of white asparagus without breaking the bank.

They look kind of funny to be honset, or not that special with all the dirt and the course skin. You can’t eat it raw, or off course you can, but your stomach will not be happy with you afterwards. I think the best way to keep the delicate flavors is either to boil it with lemon or carefully roast it in an oven.

These I chose to lightly roast with thyme and honey and it tasted so nice together with the pork chops I served for dinner yesterday.


To make this you need;
500 g salsify
2 tbs oil
2 tbs good quality honey
2 tbs frech thyme, finely chopped
1 lemon
Black pepper and salt


And you do like this;
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Start off by preparing a bowl with ice cold water and half a lemon (press out the juice and then put the whole lemon in the bowl as well) in it. Then clean off the dirt from the salsify before peeling it, cutting it into thirds and then immediately put it in the lemon water (otherwise it will go dark really quickly). 

Dry off the salsify on a clean kitchen towel and then lightly toss them with oil, honey and thyme. Season with salt and black pepper.

Bake in the oven for about 15 min until they still have some resistance left and immediately serve.


24 Comments Add yours

  1. Great idea. Looks delicious. A shame it’s so hard to get them here…


    1. Oh, thats too bad. They are such an amazing little root-thingy 🙂

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      1. Yes, I’ve had them when in Europe but here it’s harder to get. 🙂


      2. I always get surprised how something can be so available in one country and not in another, like fresh cranberries are impossible to find here but a necessity in the UK which just is a small bit of ocean in between 🙂

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  2. Monica says:

    Just loving seeing and learning something new! Would love to try this roasted ‘poor man’s asparagus’! I’d never heard of it til today.


    1. Oh, glad I could show you something new today 🙂 they are so tasty and so incredible cheap!


  3. I have never had or seen salsify, only read about it – it does sound delish! Thanks for bringing this by Throwback Thursday – I’ll be pinning it to our board!

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  4. Ginger says:

    i have been looking for salsify here in the UK but it is very rarely sold – perhaps I should up my efforts a little and go to farmer’s markets? Your recipe looks stunning! Thanks for sharing the recipe with our Fiesta Friday friends!


    1. Hope you have some luck finding it, its such a nice vegetable 🙂 here I usually find it in the organic-section, maybe they only grow organic salsify?

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  5. adina says:

    Great idea. I’ve discovered salsify only a few years ago but always cooked them the traditional German way with some white sauce. I would love to have them roasted soon, I have to buy some next time I go to town, they are not something one usually finds in a village supermarket.


    1. Ive never eaten it with a white sauce before but it sounds delicious. Have to try it next time I decide to buy some… Let me know what you thought of the roasted ones 🙂 Here you find them pretty much anywhere and if I don’t remember wrong, many people grow them in the summer here…


  6. Wow, what an unusual recipe for me as I have never cooked with salsify before. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday.

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    1. Thank you 🙂 hope you try it some day, it’s great!


  7. Wow ! this does sound amazing, and what a great combination of flavours 🙂 Sadly I have never seen them here in South Africa….if I ever do, I definitely will be trying them.


    1. Thank you darling, hope you find them 🙂


  8. ramblingtart says:

    How lovely! I haven’t been able to find them in Australia, so I’m hoping to grow them myself this year. 🙂


    1. Oh, thats great! Ive heard they isn’t that hard to grow? (they survive here, in arctic cold and massive rains, then they could survive anywhere 😉 )


  9. Mr Fitz says:

    never seen it… going to find it! Thanks for sharing at FF101!


    1. oh, I hope you will like it 🙂

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      1. Mr Fitz says:

        Hope so too!

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  10. Jhuls says:

    This is my first time to see this stuff, son interesting. Thank you for sharing this T this week’s FF101! I wish you a great week and happy FF! 🙂

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  11. I’ve never seen salsify before. That is just the best part of blogging, being exposed to ingredients and cooking techniques that are unique to us.

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  12. It look amazing! I hope I could find them 🙂

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