Monday, August 18, 2014


The yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolius, syn.: Polymnia edulis, P. sonchifolia) is a fruit-like vegetable from South America that tastes like both celery and apples. It's noted for its high fiber and low calories. Yacon is a member of the sunflower family and has big yellow flowers, but it also develops tubers which are crisp and juicy and can be eaten in a variety of ways. If you want to grow Yacon, a warm climate and patience will be required.
Medicinal uses:
Both yacon tea, made from the leaves of the plant, and yacon syrup, made from the root, have become popular with diabetics because of the blood-sugar-lowering effects of the tea and the low glycemic index of the sweet syrup.

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1 comment:

Julie M said...

Very interesting plant esp when it comes to it's nutricious. Can we grow Yacon in Malaysia?