Yacón

(Smallanthus sonchifolius)
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Yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolius) aka Bolivian Sunroot

Yacón is an Andean root crop in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), related to dahlias, Jerusalem artichokes and sunflowers! The plants produce edible storage roots, which have been called ground apple for their sweet taste and crunchy texture. After a little curing and exposure to sunlight, the roots become sweeter as the Fructooligosaccharide (FOCs) are converted into fructose, glucose and sucrose.

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OUR WORK

  • In 2021 The Utopian Seed Project plans to keep working with more varieties and begin developing regional market opportunities. We will also attempt to grow yacón from seed saved in 2020.
  • In 2020 we trialed three new varieties from William Whitson’s crop improvement work at Cultivariable. We’ll be assessing their productivity in the Southeast as well as the flavor of the roots.
  • In 2019, a small planting of just six plants of  ‘Yanna’s’ variety produced a large quantity of at our experimental farm, which we served at our annual Trial to Table Farm Dinner.
  • Prior to 2019, board member, Yanna Fishman has been growing a single yacón variety for a number of years. It is a proven producer in this region and we are building on her work.

Some last minute #yacon digging before the snow...

#boliviansunroot #experimentalfarm #experimentalroots
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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

#yacon #boliviansunroot #tuspyacon #andeanroots #rootcrops
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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 🤯😆

#tuspyacon #yaconsyrup #starchef
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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.

#experimentalfarm
#experimentalroots #andeanrootcrops #roots #tubers #rhizomes #yacon #boliviansunroot
#achira #canna
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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!
#yacon #boliviansunroot #andeanrootcrops #experimentalroots
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