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Useful Plants Series – Yacon

Latin name: Smallanthus sonchifolius or Polymnia sonchifolia

Yacon is not yet available in our SHOP, however other exotic tubers are.

Yacon is yet another of those edible perennial tubers from the Andees. It’s daisy like yellow flowers and tropical leafs make a beautiful ornamental to grow in any garden. The tubers are starchy, slightly sweet – low calorie and contain inulin which is a great sweetener for diabetics. Yacon is the main ingredient in a lot of diabetic products.

In cold temperate climates the stems and foliage dies back completely in the winter once temperatures below frost are reached. All it’s energy is stored safely underground in the tubers until it gets warmer again in spring time. If planted in a well mulched garden it doesn’t need to be taken up for the winter and stored indoors, as the mulch will protect the tubers from the frost. This is the same way with nearly all of the vegetable and flower tubers, even the potato which is also a tropical tuber from the Andees by the way.