Yacon

Asked January 15, 2015, 2:12 PM EST

We've been growing yacon for several years and having good results. Problem is this year we've got a lot of yacon. Does anyone have any ideas on ways to use the root? We dice it up with our b'fast (along with other vegies and then break an egg on top). But we need more ways to eat since we have so much. Thankx.

Lane County Oregon food preparation

1 Response

Yacon is an interesting root vegetable grown a lot in South America. It can be eaten raw, sauteed or pickled. You might try using it in stir fry, grating it and using it in salads. It could be cut into strips and used with dips. It will brown so dipping it in lime or lemon juice will keep it light colored. It is very sweet as you well know so the citrus dip would be good. My friends who have grown it says it pickles well and can be added to Kimchi.

It is like radish or jicama so you could substitute it in dishes that you might use them. It is a member of the sunflower family.

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Nellie Oehler