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Yacon – Earth Apple

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Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius)

SO easy to grow – this delicious root crop is edible landscaping at its finest. Produces numerous crisp tubers similar to jicama but with a sweeter, tastier, apple/pear-like flavour & each one can weigh up to 2kg. 

In Summer it produces a up to 2m tall flower stalks topped with a loose cluster of yellow sunfloweresque blooms. Once flowering has ended and the leaves begin to wilt, cut it back and harvest your tasty treasures! 

Eating the tubers supposedly provides many health benefits - weight loss, controlling insulin levels, aiding in digestion and  it’s high in antioxidants. More than anything, though, it’s just plain yummy in salad or eating raw. Try growing in a large container for easy harvest. Re-plant the rhizomes to start anew for next year.

Plant Care Instructions Doc

Plant Care 

Light

Full sun, but can tolerate partial shade

Water

 

Need deep watering during summer. And none during winter.

Soil

Well drained, sandy type and moist soil preferred.

Fertiliser

They will benefit from seaweed juice and old compost manure at time of planting.

Wind

Avoid high wind, the stems can be spindly, they are okay once established and have developed a canopy

Frost

Drought tolerant and can stand up to -2c for a period.

Flowering

Takes 6-8 months to be ready for harvesting. Usually after the leaves and stems die off. Harvest usually after the first frost in winter. 

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