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Purple Yacon

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$17.99
SKU L561

Smallanthus sanchifolius 

Yacon is a perennial sunflower relative grown in the mid-elevation Andes for its crisp, sweet-tasting tuberous root; delicious eaten fresh, baked, steamed, or squeezed for juice. The texture and flavor is a cross between a fresh apple, watermelon and celery. Aboveground, the plant looks like a sunflower. Purple Yacon has purple colored skin on the tubers.

In Northern areas, plant after the last frost and harvest after the first few frosts have caused the tops to die back. While usable-sized tubers develop fairly early, they taste much sweeter after some frost, or after a couple weeks curing in the sun. Yacon has two types of tubers, the edible storage tubers and the much smaller edible propagation tubers which grow just under the soil surface. This variety was propagated by tissue culture. USDA Zones 5-9.

USDA Zone: 5-9

Grow Height:  5'- 8' 

Sun: Full Sun

Ripening Time: N/A

Pollination: N/A

Read our Tuber Growing Guide

$17.99
SKU L561