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Such an easy plant to grow so I dedicated a bed to it.
I've not been disappointed.
Big harvest just from one plant -- and I didn't remove all of the tubers from the ground!
Tastes like...a crunchy apple.
Rich in inulin -- a powerful oligosaccharide prebiotic.
Yacón grows all year round here in SEQ so it is easier to look after than the other inulin powerhouse, Jeusalem Artichokes.
There's far less farting too.

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Comment by Dave Riley on February 9, 2020 at 0:16

The link is in New Zealand, Dianne.

There aren't many recipes for Yacon but it must be interchangeable with Jicama...

Yes,Andrew, compared to spuds (which you can buy anytime/anywhere) Yacon is a synch to grow.

Anyone know the normal harvest times here in SEQ. I had simply started with one and divided it to fill a bed with Wandering Jew as a ground cover. Then left it alone. I have now got a plantation.More than enough from half the plant I dug up.

Good discussion HERE on BLF about Yacon.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 8, 2020 at 20:20

Even I get results from Yacon (as opposed to my terrible failures with spuds).  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 8, 2020 at 18:38

Thanks for sharing Dave, You are a master, you can grow anything, I am so impressed with your harvest. I love Yacon, but made the mistake of giving too much away, so now need to start over again. Thanks again, I will use your link to purchase some more to grow.   

Comment by Dave Riley on February 8, 2020 at 18:16

Here's a good resource if you want to yacon your lifestyle, check this site out. Once you have it growing division is easy. Pleasant enough shrub with a nice flower. Easy enough to dig up in part, remove your dinner and cover up the hole you made without disturbing the plant too much.

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