Unusual South American vegetable
Produces crunchy tubers with pear-like flavour!
Use in stir fries or salads
Yacon ‘Inca Red’ is an unusual and delicious tuberous vegetable, widely grown in South America for its crunchy texture and sweet pear-like flavour. Similar in appearance to a sweet potato but with the texture of water chestnuts, yacon makes a fabulous addition to stir fries and salads or try tossing it in olive oil and roasting with other root vegetables. The juice from yacon tubers can also be simmered to make a sweet syrup similar to honey or maple syrup. Containing an indigestible sugar called Inulin, both the tubers and syrup are suitable for diabetics and yacon syrup is virtually calorie-free! Yacon makes a particularly attractive crop in the garden with bushy growth and large, lush leaves which lend an exotic feel to borders or the vegetable plot. Height: 1.8m (6'). Spread: 100cm (39").
Height Up to 180cm (70in)
Spread Up to 100cm (39in)
full sunsun or semi shade
6 Jumbo Plug plants (KC7466)
Grow plugs on in cool but frost-free conditions and plant out when all danger of frost has passed.
Plant outside in late May allowing 90cm (36”) between each plant. Cut the leaves back to about 4 inches above the crowns and lift whole plant with a fork. Separate the crowns from the tubers. The crowns are frost tender – pot up and grow on in a frost-free place to plant early next year. Brush the soil off tubers and leave in sun to dry for up to two weeks.
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