yacon

  • Another common name for this plant is "Peruvian ground apple"
  • In Equador, the name "jicama" is sometimes used to refer to yacon, but "jicama" is more widely used to refer to a different plant. (See jicama)
  • Yacon is a relative of the sunflower and the Jerusalem artichoke.
  • The yacon plant grows in the mountains of Peru
  • Roots and tubers from the Andes include ahipa, arracha, maca and yacon.
  • Yacon grows wild and is also cultivated for for its edible tuber roots.
  • The root is a sweet tuber which can be eaten raw.
  • The roots can be processed to yield yacon syrup. This is marketed as a low calorie sweetener.
  • Yacon can be grown in the UK and can even be grown in buckets as the clip on the right shows.

Links

  • Seed Savers' Network based in Australia since 1986 has pionnered community seed action and from the models we have put in place Seed Savers Network has stimulated seed action in 39 countries with community groups and goverment departments on small nations. The Network helps establish 100 Local Seed Networks in Australia to locate, mutiply their seeds and exchange thousands of plants varieties that may have otherwise run out. You can find more than ninety Local Seed Networks around Australia and many more around the world.
  • http://seedsavers.net
  • Seed Savers' Network based in Australia since 1986 has pionnered community seed action and from the models we have put in place Seed Savers Network has stimulated seed action in 39 countries with community groups and goverment departments on small nations. The Network helps establish 100 Local Seed Networks in Australia to locate, mutiply their seeds and exchange thousands of plants varieties that may have otherwise run out. You can find more than ninety Local Seed Networks around Australia and many more around the world.
  • http://seedsavers.net
  • The Real Seed Catalogue (UK) The plants are very easy to grow and seem to thrive in almost any soil or climate.
  • http://www.realseeds.co.uk
  • Yacon: Don't Try This at Home If you thought I was late harvesting the maukas, get a load of this: the 2012 yacon harvest only just being lifted. This really isn't the done thing and I cannot recommend it as a sensible course of action if you want to keep your yacons going from season to season. Nevertheless, they seem to have survived. It was also an opportunity to have a look at the roots of ...
  • http://radix4roots.blogspot.co.uk