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Robyn1's Edible Backyard

Joined: 20/08/10 Updated: 20/08/10 Frost:
Location: East Coburg

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

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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


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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