Yacon aka Bolivian Sunroot (Smalanthus sonchifolius) is an Andean root crop in the sunflower family that produces crisp and sweet storage tubers over a long growing season.
You can eat yacon raw, but here we sliced and dehydrated. The dried slices have a raisen-y texture and sweetness!
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A few weeks ago we made yacon syrup and shared in with board member, Chef Ashleigh Shanti. Here`s what she did with it 😍
We`ve got the BEST team behind this project 💚
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Yacon Syrup from @blueandyellowmakes, Garum, Fermented Tumeric and Young Pinecone Capers on this HUGE wreckfish collar... wild, crazy and sooo intense. I CANNOT WAIT to open a restaurant so your minds can be just as blown 🤯😆
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Well, this is exciting. First time I`ve seen Yacon (Bolivian sunroot) flower. This is one of the @cultivariable varieties and currently the only open flower. If we get seed then we can start our own breeding program.
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Yacon / Bolivian Sunroot / Smallanthus sonchifolius harvest is coming in. We have a variety we`ve been working with for a few years plus three varieties from the breeding work of @cultivariable.
After working with the dahlia tuber harvest, it`s interesting to start recognizing the family relationship (both yacon and dahlias are members of the sunflower family, as are sunchokes or Jerusalem artichokes).
High inulin content, edible raw, crunchy and crisp texture. Yacon benefits from a curing process where it sweetens up a lot.
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Some last minute #yacon digging before the snow...
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Three different varieties of yacon aka Bolivian sunroot are growing really well (source: @cultivariable), with Achira (Canna edulis) poking its head up in the background! We`ll wait as long as possible to harvest, but things are looking good.
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This morning, for science, I am drinking a lot of coffee. Here is a 50/50 mix of coffee beans and roasted yacon grounds (dried left over yacon after juicing for yacon syrup). The yacon grounds were still sweet and after dry roasting took on a pleasant nutty type aroma.
The craziest thing happened when I sipped the coffee... I was transported straight to a high Andean Bolivian village where I was working with a school group on constructing a greenhouse for the community. We were using massive ecalytus posts as the main structure.
In the mornings we were given breakfast and coffee by the local women and the coffee came black and sweet but with an unusual taste that I never questioned but couldn`t identify. Today, I think, I know what they were using... Now I need to go into research mode and see if this is a common practice!
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These are the yacon varieties we grew this year. Three from the @cultivariable improvement program and our `local` one, which obviously isn`t local but has been grown here for a long time (I`m tracking down more info at the moment). The local one looks prettier because it`s more recently harvested. We made chips yesterday and today we`re making syrup, more details to follow!
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Three varieties of yacon (aka Bolivian Sunroot) from @cultivariable . We`re trialing these against an unknown variety that we`ve been growing in this region for years. It`s a great tuber producing crop, with a sweet flavor and crunchy texture, which is why they are sometimes also called ground apples!
It`s about this time in the season when we begin running out of space! One day we`ll build a geothermal passive solar greenhouse, but for now we juggle plants and hope for warm weather as the plants continue to grow!
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The yacon or Bolivian sunroot is enjoying this warm weather. We have started a lot of the variety we`ve been growing in WNC (named, Cusco). We`ll be selling starts at the @ashevilleherbfest first weekend of May in a shared booth with @sowtrueseed
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