On Monday 5 August, ZON will start auctioning the first salsify of the season

This vegetable is appropriately nicknamed winter asparagus, because underneath its earthy brown skin it offers a delicious, creamy surprise with a delicate nutty flavour.
The name of the genus (scorzonera) is probably derived from the Italian ‘scorza negra’ which means ‘black skin or peel'.
Another explanation suggests it is derived from the Spanish ‘escurco negra’ which means black adder. This is because the sap was used as an antidote to snake bites.