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Scorzonera (Scorzonera hispanica)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Scorzonera
Scorzonera hispanica
Compositae

The growing plant is said to repel carrot root fly from carrots growing nearby[18].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[2, 27, 33, 37, 105]. A sweet agreeable flavour[1]. The root is usually eaten at the end of its first year of growth, but it can be grown on for a second year without becoming tough[200]. The root is rich in inulin[46] – this is a starch that is not easily digested by humans and so generally passes straight through the digestive system and is excreted. Inulin can cause flatulence in some people[K].

    Leaves – raw[27, 33, 52]. The tender young shoots are usually eaten in early spring[183].

    Flower buds – raw[57]. Added to salads[183]. The petals have their own distinctive flavour and can also be added to salads[183].

    The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in situ. If the weather is dry, it will be advisable to water the seed in well or germination will be delayed. The seed can also be sown in situ in August. Division in autumn or as growth commences in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
Succeeds in any soil in sun or light shade[200]. Prefers a light soil[37]. Occasionally cultivated for its edible root, there are some named varieties[183].
S. Europe.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.