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Oct 26, 2011 05:04 AM

Salsify, also known as Oyster Plant

Does anyone know where I can buy salsify or pick it in or near Vancouver?

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  1. Remember there are two salsifys sold. One is white, one is black. Both are longish roots with the black generally being bigger. Have to be peeled, and the black stains unmercifully. The white is more often called oyster plant. Of course, l have no idea where to get them in Canada, but in France they are always around.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      thanks, I'm looking for the white variety-

    2. North Arm Farm in Pemberton lists them among the things they grow.

      The winter farmer's market will be up and running at Nat Bailey as of Nov 6 - worth checking there (though I don't recall ever seeing it - but wouldn't have looked either). A couple of particular vendors to try are Shalefield and Hanna Brook - both tend to bring out of the ordinary produce.

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        1. Good question, and I hope you find it. I've only ever bought it tinned.

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          1. re: grayelf

            tinned would be fine by me, if I could get it in Vancouver and not have to ship it- that would be expensive I think.

            1. re: edibleplants

              Tinned seems IMHO to bear very little relationship in texture or intensity of flavor to fresh. Thus worth seeking out the fresh if possible.

          2. Another thought - would burdock do? That should be available in H-mart or other Korean grocers.

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            1. re: kinnickinnik

              Unfortunately no, burdock will not do, but thanks for the suggestion.

            2. I've seen it at Choices on Cambie on a number of occasions.

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              1. re: EvelynRay

                Thanks! funny, when I called them about it, they claimed to have never heard about it, but I'll go in person and see. Many Thanks to everyone for your help!