Salpicón, a fruit salad from South America that brings out the sweet flavor of yacon root.
Photo by Tabisha Alterman
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.
Each yacon plant can yield as much as 10 to 14 pounds of tubers.
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.