YACON (Peruvian ground apple) one of the ancient crops of the Inca's
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Cost: $6.00 and $6.50 postage.
BOTANICAL NAME: Smallanthus sonchifolius (formerly Polymnia sonchifolia).
Its a great plant for permaculture gardens and for use in edible landscapes.
This decorative, highly productive plant deserves a top spot in your garden
A large perennial plant with beautiful large velvety leaves that produces masses of large edible tubers. Very Hardy but not invasive. Easy to harvest. Up to 2 metres high.
The plants start from reddish rhizomes which are produced at the base of the stem.
These rhizomes aren’t the tubers that you eat. The larger tubers that you eat grow further out from the rhizomes and are about the size and shape of sweet potatoes. I planted a couple of rhizomes about 7 months ago and I have just harvested several buckets of tubers from just one plant. My largest one was about 1 ½ kgs.
The tubers are harvested once the tops have started to die back in winter. The tubers are best stored for a couple of weeks after harvest to develop its maximum sweetness. The sweet Creamy/amber coloured tubers are crunchy and have dark skin.
They can be eaten raw as a sweet crunchy snack or mixed in a fruit salad. It can be boiled or baked as a nutritious vegetable. I like to use it in stir frys as it retains some of it sweet crunchy taste after cooking.
Our family’s favorite is fresh, cut into slices like apples, chopped up in a fruit salad or cooked into a low calorie syrup. It has exceptional health benefits. I am finding it is a great help in controlling hunger and sugar cravings.
Not only does it make a great contribution in the vegetable garden. I think it is also a great survival food that ought to be tucked away even in an ornamental garden.
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There is a great fact sheet ‘YACON GROWING INFORMATION’ on the Green Harvest web site
‘Under Rare food plants shop’. http://www.greenharvest.com.au/Plants/yacon_info.html
Have a look at the Daley’s Nursery web site. They have an information video about Yacons: