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What is salsify, viper grass, and oyster plant?
Salsify is a carrot-shaped root vegetable. There are three types: white, black, and Spanish. White salsify is yellowish-gray and reaches about 12 inches in length. It has a mild sweet flavor like parsnips. It tastes like Oyster to some people when cooked. This is the reason for the common name of the Oyster plant.
Black salsify is dark-skinned and smaller than white salsify. It is said to taste like asparagus.
Viper grass comes from its use as a snakebite cure several centuries ago.
Spanish salsify, golden thistle, is larger than white salsify and is less flavorful.