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YACON - APPLE OF THE EARTH

YaconBotanical Name: Smallanthus sonchifolius
Description

Also known as the 'Earth Apple' this is one of the ancient crops of the Inca's. This relative of the sunflower is popular to the people of Columbia, Ecuador and Argentina. The plant produces large tubers similar in appearance to sweet potatoes, but they have a much sweeter taste and crunchy flesh. The tubers can be eaten raw as a refreshing treat on their own, finely sliced and mixed into salads,boiled or baked, fried as chips or prepared as a pickle. There is also commercial interest as a flavouring for yoghurt. They are sweet, juicy and almost calorie free. The main stem can also be used like celery. The texture and flavour have been described as a cross between a fresh apple and watermelon. The plants are vigorous, herbaceous, perennial and extremely hardy tolerating hot summers, drought and poor soils. The foliage of the plant dies back in the winter after flowering at which time the tubers are harvested carefully to avoid damage to the tubers. They tend to continue sweetening if left in a cool dry and dark place for a week or two before consumption. The offsets are then replanted for the next season.

Other Names: Sun Root, Apple of the Earth
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Plant Information or Specifications

Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Sometimes, Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

No Leaves (Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas

WA

Suitability in Pots

Yes

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

First Year

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

July, August, September

 

Customer Comments on Yacon - Apple of the Earth

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Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Well worth growing. Taste is exactly as described. Delicious sliced, oiled and roasted. Grate raw for salads, steams well. Give them good soil but do not overfertilise unless you want lots of leaves and not tubers. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 30-May-2006

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Plant as many as possible its like a treaure hiding on the ground (tubers) its a good investment the price is soaring high | German Dubouzet Briones - Baguio City, PHL. 20-Jun-2006

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Yacon is very much appreciated when dried and could prolong shelf-life to 6months to one year | Jp - Manila, NY 07-May-2007

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Good for everything,medicinal and cooking | Irma - Beaverton, MI 16-Mar-2008

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

I have been exploring yakon,from juice and the meat of the fruit,from side dish to dessert,a miracle tubers that is helpful medicinally and food subtitutes,thanks GOD for creating this plant,i call this dollar tuber. | Irma Wycoco Koon - Flock Rd. Beaverton, MI 27-Mar-2008

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Yacon can lower sugar levels and clean our blood. | Belen Magulta - Kidapawan City, COT 26-Apr-2008

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Just dug up my yacon, pleanty of tubers and slips for next year interesting eating just raw slighly sweet so I think kids would love could be added to any vegetables for kids | Jan Hurle - Tewantin, QLD 24-Jun-2008

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Just tried mine again after 3 months of storage- much sweeter than when first harvested. Easily grown in Melbourne. | S.heinze - Melbourne, VIC 14-Sep-2008

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Just started growing in my back yard. Seems it grows happily ,will harvest it after winter next year | Edenton - Brisbane, QLD 26-Oct-2008

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

A friend just harvested some Yacon and it has a distinct turpentine odor--not the sweet and crispy flavor that was promised. | Cheryll Frank - Lexington, KY 29-Oct-2008

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

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Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Yacon is amazing! I harvested a heap of tubers from my plant. Though I have learned from experience, for storage overwinter keep in COOL, dark dry place.. otherwise the tubers wrinkle and go soft, and rot upon replanting. Enjoy! | Brentan Doeven - Warrnambool, VIC 03-Oct-2009

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

We have been doing experiments on feeding yacon to sheep. Our test group had a 10% gain in body weight compared to 1% in our control (carrot) group. Exciting results! | Dr. Andrew Willhoite - Scotts Head, NSW 04-Mar-2010

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

My horses love them, been growing them for years | Merryn Webster - Kaukapakapa, NZ 22-Jul-2012

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Deep soil will produce the best tubers | Brian Burgess - Floraville , NSW 21-Jul-2013

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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Cutting) 10/10

Lorna's Edible Fruits
Update: 2919 days 9hrs

Comments: -

Zero maitenance other than harvesting or thinning out every so often. Tops really good animal fodder or mulch (high protein). Two types of roots. One type sweet potato shaped but texture of water chestnut. Peel before eating as skin is bitter. Contains a sugar called inulin which humans do not make an enzyme to digest, so said to be good for diabetics. Second root type like purple jerusalem artichokes for vegetative propagation. Related to sunflowers. Highly reccommended..

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Planted: 1993

Height 1.8 metres

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 20 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Seedling) 9/10

Robyn1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2559 days 20hrs

Comments: -

Yacon is crisp crunchy root vegetable which has a sweet taste. While it is not a very exciting looking plant (think bulbous yam) and it is not high in nutritous value, its sweet crunchy texture mean it can be used raw or lightly cooked in either sweet ot savouy dishes. I have used it in all manner of stir frys cut into chunks or small batons and quickly  heated at the end of the cooking. In desserts it has been grated or chopped up and added raw to asian and middle eastern style desserts.It has a clean sweetish crunchy teaxture which goes well with coconut milk or custardy flavours.

Yacon was very easy to grow just plant out the bulblets that form at the base of the plant in late spring In Melbourne) after the threat of frost or plant earlier under a cloche. The plants here grew to about 2 metres in the first season and were interplanted with globe artichokes along a NW facing fence line. They are dug up when the plant dies down in winter, the large root tubers can be stored for several weeks in a cool dry place. Tubers can be left in the ground and each plant dug up as needed. The bulblets at the base of the plant are set aside to divide up and replant in spring. These bulblets can be stored in wet sand or planted out in pots and kept out of the frost in sunny sheltered spot or a hothouse.

Fruiting Months June and July

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 8 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: compost dug in before planting

Pest Control:

Did not have any great problems with pests, noticed whitefly at one stage but the hot weather took care of them!

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

I believe that there are a number of different varieties and was wondering how I could get hold of some different types


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Amanda16's Edible Fruits
Update: 2928 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Affected by frost in Victoria- too far south


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Seedling)

Daniuel's Edible Fruits
Update: 2475 days 18hrs

Comments: -

Planted in new raised beds of organic soil with loads of manure and blood & bone, trace elements, potash etc. Watered every day by watering system, but still wilts a little on very hot days. My new soil has too much nitrogen, so I'm concerned that I'll get vegetative growth but few roots, as has happened to most of my other root veges. The plants grew rapidly and well, and are now flowering. Might need to wait for good roots next season when the soil has settled down and improved. Roots grew fast and well at end of season. Harvested around 16kg of roots from 6 plants. Will do much better next year as sol has matured and now chock full of worms.

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 6

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Comments

msjekyll says... [2610 days 20hrs ago]
I grew them in St Ives in very ordinary soil - and they produced tubers.
AgnesK says... [685 days 4hrs ago]


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth 10/10

JohnMc1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2736 days 9hrs

Comments: -

very vigorous. Gotta keep the water up on the hotest days.  All the tips burnt off a couple of times but it bounces back very well.

Height 1.8 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 5

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Cutting)

VF1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1929 days 2hrs

Comments: -

Initially bought some at local produce market to taste as I wasn't too sure about this one - my husband and I loved it.  Looks like sweet potato, but texturally very different - it tastes like a very sweet, but mild-flavoured baby carrot, but with a crisp texture something like a Water Chestnut , but also very juicy at the same time. Can be eaten raw or cooked (retains crisp texture), or even juiced.

Apparently can be very productive.  Harvest is when plant dies down for winter.

 

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Chris4's Edible Fruits
Update: 2644 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Planted Dec 09  5kgs harvested end of May 2010

Pollination: No


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Cutting) 8/10

Krazykangaroo1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1477 days 15hrs

Comments: -

I like growing yacon because it is easy to grow and loves a lightly shaded spot where not much else will grow well.

It produces well even in large pots and you can eat them raw or cooked. Make sure you air the tubers for a couple of weeks after digging to highten the sweetness. I like them raw in salads and fried. They are also good in stews where they keep their crispness for a nice bit of texture.

The tubers (after peeling) are sweet and crunchy.

Fruiting Months July and August

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 10

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

Not really prone to pests in my experience


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Lex's Edible Fruits
Update: 2156 days 13hrs

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Ellen's Edible Fruits
Update: 2862 days 20hrs

Comments: -

Supplier -Daleys

Got it last summer 08

Just harvested it 2 weeks ago, got a few tubers from it . I've planted it in a pot .

Tasted like those of Jicama, I found. But less starchy . However it doesn't leave that heavy setting in the tummy . And at the time It is so good as a remedy for coughing .


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth 8/10

Lee1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2932 days 7hrs

Comments: -

This plant actually survived the extreme Summer conditions but didn't get to the suggested 2 - 3 metres tall. I have added compost etc to our sandy soil and I have split it up and hope to have a good crop. I dug up a couple of tubers and ate them - yum, similar to a nashi pear.

Planted: 2008

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

 

Organic Status:Organic


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Seedling) 9/10

Julie1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1671 days 12hrs

Fruiting Months June

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 5

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

Nothing yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Cutting) 8/10

Gardengirl's Edible Fruits
Update: 1447 days 10hrs

Comments: -

Fruit from under the ground? Awsome. Now to break up that clay...

Sept 2013 Was in a pot until last Autumn then was put in the ground. Grew big enough before winter to harvest a few tubers. Pleasant, very juicy and crunchy raw. Only slightly sweet. Works really well in stir frys in place of water chestnuts. Do not store well. Pick off only the brown tubers; the pink tinged ones sprout the new leaves.

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: compost, seaweed

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Seedling) 10/10

Scribbly's Edible Fruits
Update: 1108 days 8hrs

Comments: - Big harvest, great flavour and extremely easy to grow.

Fruiting Months July

Planted: 2014

Height 1.8 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Fruit Harvest: 20 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: None


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth 6/10

Rosalie1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1728 days 10hrs

Comments: -

Purchased at Yandina Market.  Very healthy little plant.  $2.5
Went really well until it was unearthed and eaten by turkey

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter


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Gardengirl1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2911 days 20hrs

Comments: -

Planted a couple of years ago and produced delicious tubers last year but we had a very wet summer last year and I think it was just too much water.

Pollination: No


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Peap330's Edible Fruits
Update: 2931 days 9hrs

Comments: -

suffered from direct full summer sun but is growing back now, didnt get any tubers spreading but hopefull this year with some companion shade. Possibly the agapanthas that were next to it , took too much from it too.

Planted: 2008

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Daisyetta's Edible Fruits
Update: 2544 days 16hrs

Comments: -

Eaten by dogs

Pollination: Self Pollination


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LexRuth1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2913 days 17hrs

Comments: -

Don't know - it just gradually wilted and disappeared.


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Seedling)

Gooooone's Edible Fruits
Update: 2808 days 12hrs

Comments: -

bought on ebay, thought id killed it since it took over a month to shoot out of the ground.

growing like crazy

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: seasol

Organic Status:Organic


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth 10/10

Tropicdude's Edible Fruits
Update: 2880 days 17hrs

Comments: -

I want to re introduce this plant into this country ( Dom. Rep.) it was first introduced into Europe by an Italian that discovered it being used here back in the 1930s. As far as I know its completly gone now. no one has it, no one has heard of, even specialist in botanicals have not heard of it being used. this plant does not self propagate well, and it almost became extinct worldwide a couple decades ago. Yacón has a high potential to be a future crop here, because of its low calorie, low glycemic index, high FoS content. the problem is that this plant does not propagate by seeds, I need the little bulbs that grow above the main root. or a live plant.  Importing live plants is difficult because of regulations i would need a special permit, and I am not a commercial interprise, so I cannot afford a permit for just a few root seeds. my only hope is that a friend of mine that will visit Peru soon can get some bulbs, or is someone sent them to me marked as seeds.

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Robwhite1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2607 days 11hrs

Comments: -

purchased from daleys 10/2000 easy to grow in raised garden bed unusual taste and when cooked are transparent the top dies off here in the cold weather 


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth

Jenny's Edible Fruits
Update: 1789 days 18hrs

Comments: -

harvested first tubers over the winter, they were quite nice fresh like a juicy less dense carrot. Great in a salad. Planted rhizomes in early spring once they started sprouting.

Planted: 2012

Height 0.2 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pest Control:

white fly and/or thrips a problem


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Rosalie1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1728 days 9hrs

Comments: -

2nd try with this .  First was dug up by turkeys so this one is well protected
First shoots appeared Oct 2012.  Looking good so Far

Planted: 2012

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth (Seedling)

Skybow1's Edible Fruits
Update: 314 days 10hrs

Comments: - Planted in August 2016 and has taken really well so far. Base is heavy clay soil but I've been working on building the soil up and have planted this in a slightly raised area of the garden. Excited to try it when it's ready.

Height 25 Centimetres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: worm juice

Organic Status:Organic


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Yacon - Apple of the Earth 2/10

Howesij1's Edible Fruits
Update: 284 days 16hrs

Comments: -

Arrived mushy tried to dry out but just rotted away

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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CasONeill1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2932 days 16hrs

Comments: -

Have only just planted this out - couldn't work out where to plant it and have just decided - north facing mound of mulch! Will report later ...


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