Sal­sify makes a come­back to sat­isfy British tastes

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Jack Hardy

SAL­SIFY, once a sta­ple of the Vic­to­rian din­ner, is set to make a come­back as Waitrose puts the root veg­etable on shelves in 100 stores.

Sim­i­lar in ap­pear­ance to a parsnip, the root fell out of favour in British kitchens in the 19th cen­tury, but has wit­nessed a resur­gence thanks to the en­dorse­ment of celebrity chefs.

It is de­scribed by its Scot­tish pro­ducer as a “ver­sa­tile” in­gre­di­ent, which can be boiled, roasted or sautéed as an ac­com­pa­ni­ment to a range of dishes.

Waitrose has be­gun sell­ing 350g packs of the veg­etable, sup­plied by Al­bert Bartlett, for £2.99 at out­lets across the coun­try to meet a ris­ing de­mand for tra­di­tional foods.

Michel Roux Jr is among the high­pro­file chefs to use sal­sify on his menus, de­scrib­ing it as “one of the most ver­sa­tile and tasty root veg­eta­bles” in a pro­mo­tional video.

The white flesh of the root is said to taste like ar­ti­choke once the skin is peeled away. The black and white va­ri­eties avail­able at Waitrose will come from East An­glia and Ayr­shire.

Waitrose has put the root veg­etable sal­sify on its shelves af­ter en­dorse­ments by celebrity chefs

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