What are the pros? Tasty, easy to start
What are the cons? Prep is difficult
These were easy to start but didn't like our summer heat and drought. They are tasty, however they are difficult to prepare for cooking. The biggest roots are about 8-10" long and 1" in diameter. They are skinny with lots of hairy roots sticking out all over, making them hard to clean. They also start turning brown as soon as you cut into them, so I dropped the peeled, sliced pieces into water mixed with some lemon juice. My family liked them sauteed with butter.
We will grow them again but not sure if they are worth the effort. They can be a good plant to put into a crop rotation. Remember that they are in the aster family, including lettuce, chicories, and sunflowers.
These roots should be planted in the spring. They can be harvested all fall and winter, and don't mind the cold (so far down to 12 degrees F).
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