Common Name: Yacon
Botanical Name: Smallanthus sonchifolia
Growing Area: South America
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The Yacon plant is a perennial and can reach five to seven feet tall. A relative of the sunflower, it has dark green celery-like leaves and produces tiny yellow flowers at the end of the growing season. Below the earth it grows tasty roots that have been used as a food source for many centuries in the Andes. The tuberous roots of the Yacon are crisp and juicy, with an exotic flavor that has been described as a blend of sweet apples and watermelon.
Nutrients & Applications:
Yacon produces tasty, nutritious root vegetables and leaves that provide important health benefits. It may help maintain healthy blood pressure , cholesterol levels and blood flow. It may also be used to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and promote healthy intestinal flora.
Yacon is considered to be the richest available source of fructooligosaccharides (FOS). FOS is a type of sugar that is not absorbed by the body; instead, it feeds the friendly bacteria in the digestive system, including lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. These friendly bacteria are essential for the maintenance of good health, as they offer protection from toxic bacteria. Because FOS is not digested by the body, FOS sugars do not raise blood glucose levels.*