Top 5 Reasons to Get your Yacon and 3 Great Recipes

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Yacon is a perennial plant native to the Andes mountains of South America. Also called Apple of the Earth, Underground Pear and Strawberry Jicama, it produces a clump of tuberous roots that are crunchy like apples and sweet like watermelons with the texture of jicama!

They are most often grown in South America, but since they are a relative to the sunflower, like their more familiar cousin the sunchoke aka Jerusalem artichoke, if you can grow sunflowers you can grow yacon. Lucky for us, one of the farmers of the Tuscarora Organic Growers cooperative has taken on yacon and it's now available to us locally...and organically!

It's not only delicious but it's overflowing with qualities that make it a Superfood!

1) It has diuretic properties, which support your liver and help your body detox.

2) It's a wonderful natural sweetener without the after taste of Stevia. It is low glycemic and relatively low in calories making it a perfect sugar substitute for individuals with diabetes or hypoglycemia. It is often made into a syrup similar to agave.

3) The antioxidants contained in yacon root help fight cell oxidation in your body, which expedites the aging process.

4) Yacon root is also an excellent source of prebiotics, which stimulate the growth of good bacteria in your gut for proper digestion.

5) Sometimes called “the diet potato,” yacon has been shown to have an appetite-suppressing effect when taken with meals. It leaves one feeling satiated, thereby reducing food intake and further cravings and is low in calories.

So, what to do with Yacon? Here are three great recipes!

Chicken Vegetable Curry with Yacon

Yacon Carrot Salad with Edamame and Wasabi

Yacon and Blue Cheese Salad

Kitchen Wisdom, WinterWGGyacon