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Yacon
Yacon

Yacon

$10.99

Yacon Smallanthus sonchifolius; pronounced yah-CONE, is a member of the family Asteraceae, a relative of sunflowers. Raw or cooked, the tubers have a flavor often described as a mixture of things like apple, pear, and celery. Above the ground, the plant produces sunflower-like flowers. The root below has two distinct elements: On top is a bunching of reddish rhizomes which look similar to ginger and underneath are brown, edible tubers that look like sweet potatoes. They have a crisp, fresh bite, similar to water chestnuts. Yacon yields starchy, fruit-like roots of different shapes and sizes that are usually consumed raw and taste sweet. The texture is crisp, a bit like an apple. In fact, one of the best features of yacon is that it remains crisp even after being cut or cooked. Yacon tastes great. You can grow yacon without too much difficulty. The high content of FOS in yacon roots is considered to offer health benefits, as it can reduce glycemic index, body weight and the risk of colon cancer. Yacon functional properties, long recognized by folk medicine, have been the subject of a number of research projects and clinical trials. It's often said that the potential of yacon roots can be used as a dietary supplement. Again, we haven't verified this so you should consult your physician prior to eating this as a health product.

Care

Grow Yacon in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Lift the tubers for harvesting in autumn.

Growth Habit

The plant looks generally similar to a sunflower and typically grows 4 to 5 feet tall.

Toxicity

Yacon is not toxic to pets.

Yacon Smallanthus sonchifolius; pronounced yah-CONE, is a member of the family Asteraceae, a relative of sunflowers. Raw or cooked, the tubers have a flavor often described as a mixture of things like apple, pear, and celery. Above the ground, the plant produces sunflower-like flowers. The root below has two distinct elements: On top is a bunching of reddish rhizomes which look similar to ginger and underneath are brown, edible tubers that look like sweet potatoes. They have a crisp, fresh bite, similar to water chestnuts. Yacon yields starchy, fruit-like roots of different shapes and sizes that are usually consumed raw and taste sweet. The texture is crisp, a bit like an apple. In fact, one of the best features of yacon is that it remains crisp even after being cut or cooked. Yacon tastes great. You can grow yacon without too much difficulty. The high content of FOS in yacon roots is considered to offer health benefits, as it can reduce glycemic index, body weight and the risk of colon cancer. Yacon functional properties, long recognized by folk medicine, have been the subject of a number of research projects and clinical trials. It's often said that the potential of yacon roots can be used as a dietary supplement. Again, we haven't verified this so you should consult your physician prior to eating this as a health product.

Grow Yacon in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Lift the tubers for harvesting in autumn.

The plant looks generally similar to a sunflower and typically grows 4 to 5 feet tall.

Yacon is not toxic to pets.

Plant size and shape may differ from what is pictured.

For mail orders: Plants may go through shock during shipping. Upon arrival, take the plant out and water it thoroughly. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please notify us via email at sales@amgardens.com and include a photo(s) within 24 hours of plant arrival.

For in store purchases: If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please call us at 423-870-5000 or return the plant in its original pot/condition within 3 days. Trees and shrubs have a 1 year warranty (exceptions may apply), but we highly encourage you to give us a call or email if you notice issues with your plant. We'd love to help you figure out what's wrong and save your plant! 

Orders are shipped on Wednesdays and Thursdays; if your order is placed on a Wednesday, it may not ship until the following Wednesday. During peak season there may be delays in shipping. If it is too hot or cold, we suggest ordering during milder months to ensure plants arrive in best condition.