Once popular in the Victorian kitchen, salsify is a unique specialty item for the modern table. Sow salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius) in spring and harvest the white roots in the fall. The first fall frosts bring out the flavor, which is reminiscent of artichoke hearts. The foliage, which is mildly sweet, is also edible. Salsify is a biennial that produces attractive edible flowers in its second year. Native to southeast Europe and North Africa.