Sunday, June 28, 2015

ABC Wednesday: Letter Y for yacon.

My yacon plant looks very pretty in summer. The leaves are special.

The yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolius, syn.: Polymnia edulisP. sonchifolia) is a species of perennial daisy traditionally grown in the northern and central Andes from Colombia to northern Argentina for its crisp, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots. Their texture and flavour are very similar to jicama, mainly differing in that yacón has some slightly sweet, resinous, and floral (similar to violet) undertones to its flavour, probably due to the presence of inulin, which produces the sweet taste of the roots of elecampane, as well. Another name for yacón is Peruvian ground apple, possibly from the French name of potato, pomme de terre (ground apple). The tuber is composed mostly of water andfructooligosaccharide.

After connecting with Commonsense Organisation, we have become friends. She suggested that perhap I might like to do Yacon for letter Y. The suggestion came at the right time. The yacon plants are ready to be harvested.

Ingrid Petersen
Commonsense Organics Johnsonville
96 Johnsonville Rd

Tel:    (04)  478 1907
Fax:    (04) 477 6817

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Reader Wil said...

All over the world we see plants that are related. This yacon looks like the sweet potatoes , we ate in Indonesia when I was a child.
Have a great week
Wil, ABCW Team

Joy said...

Fascinating, what an interesting plant.

Roger Owen Green said...

A new word for the week!