- A root vegetable not available in grocery stores, Salsify has edible leaves with parsnip like roots, an oyster-like flavor, and a white skin.
Sandwich Island Salsify is a root vegetable that you won't find in the grocery store. Also referred to as an oyster plant, it is a plant that tastes like an oyster. Goatsbeard grows like parsnips. Leaves are edible, and also form beautiful flowers. Salsify is planted in spring, and harvested in the fall. Very few pests, but make sure the root doesn't rot.