(Thank you Wikipedia Commons for letting me share this illustration.  Am so into THE COMMONS in concept and application…)

Skirrets!  A vegetable of yore– one I am most interested to try someday. Caraway Root as well.  I wonder if these are roots that have that inulin thing going on?  Do follow the link to “The Cookbook of Unknown Ladies,” a marvelous blog. 

Am posting this fascinating historical recipe for my Permaculture friends, who in their edible landscapes and forest gardens seeks to recreate a practical Eden.  And– as rain and sun and heat and seasons all become increasingly unpredictable, as they will, we need to diversify what we grow in all our climes.  So skirrets will be one to try!  Anyone eaten them, or even know what they are?

Here they are on the Plants for a Future Database.