Also known as oyster plant, vegetable oyster, salsifies roots are used as a vegetable and historically the plant was cultivated for that purpose. Its root is similar in appearance to a thin parsnip. While it is known for its oyster-like flavor, many people have also claimed it tastes similar to an artichoke. When cooked it also has the texture of an artichoke heart. It can be boiled, cut into small pieces, and creamed like asparagus, or boiled and then fried in butter or mashed.