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 Yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolius)


 Yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolius)

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CABy Rob Hille – Own work, Public Domain,

Botanical Name:  Smallanthus sonchifolius

Common Name (s):  Yacón. Ground Pear, Peruvian Ground Apple

Family: Asteraceae

Type:  Perennial, Tuberous

Bloom:  Takes 6 to 7 months to mature

Flower Color(s):  Yellow

Sun Exposure:  Full sun

Plant Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8

Plant Height and Spacing:  5 to 6 feet: 1 to 2 feet

Planting Requirements: Prefers well-draining, well worked loamy soil but can tolerate poor soil as well.

Special Note (s):  Yacón is very easy to grow and requires very little maintenance once the rhizomes are planted. Mature tubers have a crisp, sweet taste and can be eten raw or cooked.

*** The information provided for educational purposes only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Always speak with a qualified physician before taking or coming in contact with any new herbs or medicinal plants.

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