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Growing Yacon, also Sunroot

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a regions

  • Easy to grow. Plant sprouting root/tuber to a depth of about 4cm and mulch to cover. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 39 inches apart
  • Harvest in approximately 25 weeks. You can collect a few at a time without digging out the whole plant..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best in separate bed
  • Yacon flowering

Yacon is perennial in sub-tropical/tropical areas. Save some root pieces and treat as an annual in other areas.

Grows into a large plant ( about 2m/6ft) with flowers similar to sunflowers and Jerusalem artichokes.

The plants die down after frost but the roots are sweeter. To store, dig and dry out for a couple of days in the sun if possible. Store in a dry, cool, not freezing and dark place.

Any roots left in the ground will grow the following year except where there are frosts.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Yacon

The large roots can be used raw in salads peel and chop. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning.
'In the Andes, they are grated and squeezed through a cloth to yield a sweet refreshing drink. The juice can also be boiled down to produce a syrup. In South America the juice is concentrated to form dark brown blocks of sugar called chancaca.' (Green Harvest)

Your comments and tips

14 Sep 19, Glenys (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I live in Katikati, BOP. Anyone know where I can get yakon plants? Thanks
16 Sep 19, Anon (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Google it.
17 Jun 19, Liz Goldsworthy (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi, does anyone know where i can buy Yakon tubers from?
03 Aug 19, Merril Bourne (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I live in Auckland & have recently harvested some Yacon & have a few "crowns" / "bulblets" to share.
20 Jun 19, (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Try Yacon New Zealand on Facebook.
09 Jul 19, Jill Carr (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Have just dug 2 large bucket fulls larger than usual one @ 900gr & other large, easily peeled in an hour easier than apples, have thousands of "bulblets" to give away.
28 Jul 19, Jill (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Love to collect some bulblets if you have any left.
15 May 19, Living The Dream Homestead (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
We grew them with great success in Melbourne, I would dig them up in June and put the shooting rhizome back in the ground straight away with no issues
07 Jul 19, Salita Alford (Australia - tropical climate)
Hello I was looking for some of yacon for plant could you spare some for me please
06 Jun 19, Graham (Australia - temperate climate)
if you didn't find one yet .. Waldecks in Perth .. brought one last week they had a few there
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