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Old 11-14-2011, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been growing Yacon for about 2 years now thanks to Stu. I'm going to harvest some this year so I'm looking at recipes. Please share if you have a good Yacon recipe!

This will be the first thing I make with it. I'll add a little heat to it, probably Habanero. Looks good!

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Old 11-14-2011, 04:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Use a sweet potato pie recipe.
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Its popular to boil yacon down to a syrup (which you probably already know). Otherwise, I would use it fresh in juice mixes and salads. Try replacing Jicama with Yacon in dishes, should create a tasty difference.

Most of the harvested Yacon for me gets eaten raw like a carrot.
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Yeah I can buy the syrup here locally but I've always used Agave nectar. I'll probably still try it anyway.

For some reason I want to try it with something spicy, like the fresh coconut served with lime and hot sauce down in Mexico. I'll have to experiment.
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I've never personally eaten yacon, but have heard from one person who grows them, he says he loves eating them fresh, sliced thin in a salad ?shrug

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I've never personally eaten yacon, but have heard from one person who grows them, he says he loves eating them fresh, sliced thin in a salad ?shrug

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They are similar to Jicama or apple in texture but more sweet than Jicama so eating them fresh is pleasant!
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Yum, sounds delish!

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Mitchel --- where can I get some of them there Yadacon tubers for propagation?

Found this ---------------

Yacon FOS are completely fermented in the colon by
probiotics (Pedreschi et al., 2003), a group of beneficial
bacteria that forms part of the intestinal microflora. These
bacteria (especially some species of the genus Bifidus
and Lactobacillus) contribute to better gastrointestinal
function and help to alleviate several digestive disorders.
Besides, FOS are recognized as a soluble fiber which
causes several favorable effects during digestion:
• an increase of intestinal peristaltic movements
• a reduction in time of intestinal transit
• an increase in the amount of water retained by the
fecal matter
• an osmotic effect similar to a laxative
These effects can prevent and control constipation (Chen
Other favorable health effects have also been associated
with the fermentation of FOS in the colon. These include:
• strengthening the immune system
• higher absorption of calcium by the body
• reduction of cholesterol level
• inhibition of the production of toxins and other
carcinogenic substances in the colon.

Happy colons everyone!

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Yacon, Jicama,...???
What are U guys eating there, I must be living on some another planet
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Mitchel --- where can I get some of them there Yadacon tubers for propagation?

Found this ---------------

Yacon FOS are completely fermented in the colon by
probiotics (Pedreschi et al., 2003), a group of beneficial
bacteria that forms part of the intestinal microflora. These
bacteria (especially some species of the genus Bifidus
and Lactobacillus) contribute to better gastrointestinal
function and help to alleviate several digestive disorders.
Besides, FOS are recognized as a soluble fiber which
causes several favorable effects during digestion:
• an increase of intestinal peristaltic movements
• a reduction in time of intestinal transit
• an increase in the amount of water retained by the
fecal matter
• an osmotic effect similar to a laxative
These effects can prevent and control constipation (Chen
Other favorable health effects have also been associated
with the fermentation of FOS in the colon. These include:
• strengthening the immune system
• higher absorption of calcium by the body
• reduction of cholesterol level
• inhibition of the production of toxins and other
carcinogenic substances in the colon.
Yeah they are a true super food.
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Don’t expect to harvest an abundant crop of tubers the first year, because yacon needs time to adjust to local conditions. After that, yields are generally double to triple those of potatoes. As frost approaches in early fall, put some straw around the base of the plants to protect the tubers underneath. After frost has killed the visible part of the plants (but before the ground freezes), gently lift the crowns by loosening the soil around the tubers with a garden fork. Then carefully remove the entire root system from the ground. Snap the tubers off the crowns and let them sweeten by mellowing in the sun for a couple of weeks.

New plants will not grow from the tubers themselves; only the crowns will produce new plants. Store the crowns indoors in peat moss (like dahlias) or loose in tubs (like potatoes) until early spring. Then split apart the sections that have begun to form green buds, and plant each in its own pot.

A root cellar or cool, dry corner of your basement is perfect for storing yacon tubers until you’re ready to eat them. Because yacon stores so well, you can enjoy the fruits of your labors for up to eight months after the harvest.
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Mitchel --- where can I get some of them there Yadacon tubers for propagation?

Found this ---------------

Yacon FOS are completely fermented in the colon by
probiotics (Pedreschi et al., 2003), a group of beneficial
bacteria that forms part of the intestinal microflora. These
bacteria (especially some species of the genus Bifidus
and Lactobacillus) contribute to better gastrointestinal
function and help to alleviate several digestive disorders.
Besides, FOS are recognized as a soluble fiber which
causes several favorable effects during digestion:
• an increase of intestinal peristaltic movements
• a reduction in time of intestinal transit
• an increase in the amount of water retained by the
fecal matter
• an osmotic effect similar to a laxative
These effects can prevent and control constipation (Chen
Other favorable health effects have also been associated
with the fermentation of FOS in the colon. These include:
• strengthening the immune system
• higher absorption of calcium by the body
• reduction of cholesterol level
• inhibition of the production of toxins and other
carcinogenic substances in the colon.
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It's probably just a matter of time until M tries to patent it. Grow it while you can!
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What are U guys eating there, I must be living on some another planet
Ante, you gotta get some seeds and grow this stuff! You might find a good market for the tubers over there!
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A UK site that sells Yacon and OCA. I'd like to try that too.

Vegetable Seeds : Unusual Tubers: Oca, Ulluco etc
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I stock Yacon plants year-round. They are definitely a great food, although the "super food" title is a bit overblown. I mean that if you were to believe marketers, then 90% of all fruits and vegetables are super foods.
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I'll start with these Red Oca! Maybe next year try another color.

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I am growing Yacon, (5) varieties of Oca, and 1 variety of Ulluco. So far all the plants are doing well, most don't like the dry heat in the summer. I try to put them in micro climates. Nice thing about these crops is they are very adaptable to growing with minimal inputs.
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