How to grow Yacon in Garden

The botanical name of Yacon is Smallanthus sonchifolius, this plant is a fascinating plant. Yacon plants looks like a sunflower and also like a sweet potato. The taste of yacon is most frequently described as very fresh, a cross between an apple and a watermelon. Yacon on the other hand is also known as sweet-root, Bolivian sunroot, Peruvian ground apple, and pear of the earth. Continue reading to learn more about growing Yacon plant root.

Yacon Plant Root Information

The yacon plant root is actually native to the Andes, in present-day Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The yacon plant root is gaining worldwide popularity because of its unusual source of sweetness. Unlike some other tubers that get their sweetness from glucose, yacon plant root actually derives its sweetness from inulin which the human body can’t process. This simply means you can taste the sweetness of yacon root, but your body will not metabolize it. This is actually good news for some people who are looking for how to lose weight and also good news for people who have diabetics. The yacon plant can grow about 6.5 feet in height, topped in small, daisy-like yellow flowers. Underground there are about 2 distinct elements. On the top is a collection of reddish rhizomes that actually looks a bit like a ginger root. Below the plant are the brown edible tubers that are very similar in appearance to a sweet potato.

How to Grow Yacon Plants Root  

Yacon plant root does not actually propagate by seed but by rhizome, that clump of red just below the soil. If want to actually begin with unsprouted rhizomes, make sure you keep them in a dark place, slightly covered in damp sand. Once they have sprouted, you have to plant them at a depth of about one inch in a well-worked, composted soil, and then cover them with mulch. Yacon plants are slow to grow, so if you live in an area that experiences frost you can easily start them indoors in very early spring. Yacon plants growth is unaffected by day length, so if you live in a frostless area, they can be planted at any time of the year. The Yacon plant care is very easy, however the plants get very tall and they may need to be staked. After about 6 to 7 months, the Yacon plants will naturally start to brown and die. This is actually the time to harvest them. To harvest you need to dig around very carefully with your hands so as not to damage the plant roots. Set out the Yacon tubers to dry, they can sit in the sun for about 2 weeks to heighten the sweetness. After that, you can store them in a cool, dry, ventilated place. You can also set aside the rhizomes for next year’s planting. 

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