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Nov 8, 2010 10:26 AM

Source of Salsify (fresh or canned) in NY?

Im looking for some salsify (or scorzonera) to use in a Wolfert recipe.
so far no luck in brooklyn, Anyone seen this veg, fresh or canned, anywhere?

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  1. I believe that salsify is called gobo in Japanese. Look for it in an Oriental market. Should be available this time of year.

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    1. re: Joebob

      gobo is burdock, not salsify. I understand the roots look similar but taste different . I know sources of burdock but am still looking for salsify......

      Roland sells it canned, but havent found either canned or fresh in Brooklyn, Anybody?
      any greenmarket vendors Union Square or elsewhere?

      1. re: jen kalb

        Indeed, it's not gobo.

        A photo of salsify at Paffenroth Farms at the Union Square Greenmarket:

    2. You can find it at Manhattan Fruit Exchange at the Chelsea Market. The season is only just starting, so I can't say I've seen it recently, but I've seen it there in the past.

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      1. re: JungMann

        thats great, many thanks!
        surprised some of the Greenmarket farmers dont grow it.

        1. re: jen kalb

          I've seen it often at Union Square but since I do not know the season and have not looked lately, I am no help in your present quest. If I see it when I go tomorrow I will report back.

          1. re: erica

            It would be great to know which vendor sells it so if you see I would appreciate it.
            dont get to Union Square much these days

            1. re: jen kalb

              I'd love to get my hands on some fresh too. The last time I remember seeing it was at Balducci's ages ago. I don't think I've ever seen it canned.

              1. re: buttertart

                I used to bring it back from Paris in a can because my mother had an affair with it long ago! I will look at the Greenmarket today..


                1. re: erica

                  I looked for canned in Fairway and fresh in Bensonhurst at the groceries serving Italians. Rairway had about 10 kinds of heart of palm but no salsify, so far no luck.

                  1. re: jen kalb

                    Dean and Deluca? Grace's Marketplace? The tony shops on the UES? I think it's imported from France. (Have a soft spot for salsify, we ate it at le Colibri in Montreal an eon ago on our honeymoon.)

              2. re: jen kalb

                Jen: Black salsify for $4 per pound at Paffenroth at Union Square--they are there on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They did not have a huge amount today by 11am, so either they do not grow much of it or they sell a lot in the am...

                  1. re: jen kalb

                    Jen, curious to know what kind of general dish you're making? All I know is that scorzonera (lit: black peel/skin) is prized in Ligurian cooking, but have never tasted it.

                    1. re: bob96

                      If it is of any interest, I also saw cardoons today at one vendor--I am almost certain that they were at Eckerton.

                      1. re: erica

                        thats great to see it local! cardoons at fairway, 3 guys and frank and sal as well (all Brooklyn)

        2. I found it this time last year at Brooklyn Fare, right next to the carrots in the front case.

          Brooklyn Fare
          200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201