The Yacon is also known as the Peruvian Ground Apple due to its crisp, sweet and delicious tubers. A perennial that dies back in winter and sprouts from purple corms each spring. The white tubers are harvested when the leaves die back and if left uneaten will rot to enrich the roil. Grows well in Ipswich/western suburbs of Brisbane.
•Known as the Peruvian Ground Apple due to its crisp, sweet and delicious tubers.
•The white/amber tubers are harvested when the leaves die back in winter. If left in the ground, the tuber will rot.
•Tubers can be eaten raw by peeling the skin and eating like an apple or chopping for salads.
•Tubers can also be cooked like potatoes.
•The plant resprouts from purple corms each spring.
•Likes a sunny position in well draining soil.
•Yacon tubers store carbohydrate in the form of inulin (a type of fructose) which makes them particularly attractive to type II diabetics.