Salsify makes a comeback to satisfy British tastes
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