Yummy Yacon Root

Yacon root is a superhealthy sweet treat people in South American have been growing for centuries.

yacon root - salad
Salpicón, a fruit salad from South America that brings out the sweet flavor of yacon root.
Photo by Tabisha Alterman
yacon root - yacon bush
Over the course of the growing season, a yacon bush will reach 6 to 8 feet in height with giant showy leaves and small yellow flowers, making it a nice ornamental backdrop plant.
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yacon root - bunch of roots
Each yacon plant can yield as much as 10 to 14 pounds of tubers.
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yacon root - crown
To save yacon from season to season, store the crown (shown here with tubers attached) in wood chips or peat moss until early spring. Then plant each sprouting “eye” in its own pot.
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