Cultivation, harvest and storage
The seeds are sown in April. If sown too early, there is a risk that the young plants may suffer from excessive frost. It is also possible to sow them in autumn, but then these plants take up space in your vegetable bed for a further 1 ¼ years.
The harvest begins in October. This extends right into the April of the following year. When harvesting, please ensure that the black salsifies do not break. Otherwise, they will not last as long, and the roots will dry out more easily. A Spading Fork is perfect for digging them out. Wear gloves when harvesting. The sap from any damaged roots is hard to remove, and leaves unpleasant and persistent stains.
Black salsifies sprout rapidly. Therefore it is recommended to prepare these root vegetables as fresh as possible. However, the vegetables can be stored for several days in the refrigerator.
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