Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Giant Dandelion


I was intrigued by the giant dandelion that we found near Hart Mountain in eastern Oregon.  With a little research I found that this is not really a giant dandelion but salsify.  I found some information in Teton Valley Magazine.


Western Salsify (Tragopogon dubius)


This is a plant with a root that can be eaten. Salsify looks like a giant dandelion, and in a similar fashion the bright yellow flower turns into a dainty puffball, dispersing hundreds of seeds into the wind.
Eaten raw, the roots are very bitter; fried, roasted, or boiled, the taste of salsify roots have been compared to that of parsnips. Others say they slide down like oysters, hence its common moniker, oyster plant. Cream the roots in a soup or simmer young stalks in butter for a side dish rich in Vitamin B6.


I think I might pass on eating salsify...oysters do not appeal to me.  It sounds slimey and the turnip taste is not enough to motivate me to step forward and try it!  I would rather blow and watch the tiny seeds fly in the wind!
 
 
Today is Outdoor Wednesday.  It is cooling down and time to play!  Visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see what is happening!
 

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful photo of what some might call a weed and some call food! Salsify grows here in the Willamette Valley, too, I did not know it was edible.

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  2. I would have never have guessed that any part of this was edible! I think I'll pass too :-)
    Lovely pics!

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  3. There is lots of beauty in that area. We used to blow on these flowers just for fun.

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  4. I have seen a plant like that. Never knew what it was. Thx.

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  5. Wowza! I have never seen such a large dandelion plant.
    Joyce M

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  6. I remember having salsify in a French Bistro years ago and have only seen it in cans since. It's plant is really cool.

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  7. That's an amazing plant. And the photo captures it so beautifully. Nice job.
    Stopping by from Susan's Outdoor Wednesday.
    Weezer

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  8. Kate, I wouldn't have recognized a salify plant either. Your photos are marvelous and thanks for all of the info on unusual plant/food. I'm not sure I want to try it either.
    Sam

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  9. Wow! Who would of thought you could eat the root-i think just staring at the flower would be satisfying.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I use dandelions in certain dishes and beverages but I am not sure I want to try Salsify because of the slime description! That just does not sound to appealing. Great pictures!

    ~ Tracy

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  11. Wow, that is huge!
    I just recently found out that there is only one type of Dandelion. I always thought there were two: the yellow ones and the white ones. Haha.

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  12. Good heavens! I've never seen a dandelion that size!
    The kids had a science teacher once who taught them how to make cattail pancakes. I wonder what she would have made with this?

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  13. I think the French ate salsifis a lot. I never tried it but if it is slimy, I will pass.

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  14. Found this when searching - I personally love the salsify, especially in like a cheesy casserole kind of dish.

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  15. Found this site searching for the real name of these things. We have them in our pasture here in Texas. Never knew what they were, so my kid & I have always called them "Texas Dandilions", since they are so big & everything's bigger here in Texas, lol

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