Monday, February 09, 2009

New to me

I've got scorzonera. That's the right spelling. It is new to me but although it sounds like an STI (and the spell-checker offers sexiness as an alternative) it is actually a root vegetable.

It came in our weekly box-scheme delivery from Riverford. It's a sort of stretched parsnip with a very black skin. Others tell me it should taste of asparagus but I didn't get that. I'd say a sort of artichokey parsnip but it doesn't make you as windy as a Jerusalem artichoke.

I followed a recipe on the box and boiled it followed by tossing it in butter with a bit of parsley. That was nice but Mrs T felt it was a bit bland.

Anyone got any ideas?

6 comments:

Chris said...

I've got plenty of ideas. I doubt many of them were originally my own. I know that even less involve scorzonera...

Besides eating it you could photograph it as part of a still life composition. If it snows again you could use it as a snowman's nose.

Chris said...

Just had a thought. Saute it with bacon. That's nice for a lot of things! :-)

Anonymous said...

www.motherearthnews.com will tell you all you need to know about this vegetable.

Its supposed to taste like oysters?

Aren't they an aphrodisiac?

Mike Peatman said...

Can you roast it like parsnips?

dmk said...

When I get the weekly 'what on earth am I supposed to do with this' vegetable Riverford, it normally ends up getting stir-fried with curry paste and cranberry jam. Normally works a treat on the leafy stuff, not sure if stir-frying works so well on root vegetables unless you put it through the side slot on a grater first, so you get thin slices.

Mr Gnome said...

I suggest a phone call to the Rev Ian Kitchen....