Scorzonera: weird vegetable

ScorzoneraJust to prove that I HAVE done something at the plot: here’s a vegetable I actually harvested.

OK, so it’s pretty weird. If you’ve never grown or eaten Scorzonera, I’ll forgive you for thinking I put five large dog turds in this box. They don’t look very appetising.

And, in truth, they’re not. The taste is… forgettable.

But here’s the thing: they’re astonishingly easy to grow (sow and forget), they’re ready to eat in winter when there’s not much else, and you don’t have to harvest and store them: they sit happily in the ground until you’re ready for ’em. Moreover, if you leave them to seed they have the most beautiful flowers.

They’re a bit of a bugger to cook. They have a disgusting, sticky, resinous layer under their skin which is impossible to get off your hands if you peel them raw. Like beetroot, they should be cooked in their skins, then peeled.

Having said all that, they’re nice in a strong cheese sauce.

But then, what isn’t?

5 Responses to “Scorzonera: weird vegetable”

  1. Rhamnus Says:

    They seem to have such a long thin root, how do manage to crop them without breaking them?

  2. Soilman Says:

    Rhamnus: WIth difficulty….

  3. Celia Says:

    I once grew them but they grew very long and very thin. I tried to peel them and there was nothing left after that except the central stringy bit.

  4. Andy Says:

    Your’e a brave man Soilman – imho the plastic surround on your boot, the cardbord box and the other bits and bobs look infinitely more palatable.

  5. Tanya Walton Says:

    I haven’t seen or heard of these. But from your comments I don’t think I have missed much. Although who doesn’t like pretty flowers!