Smallanthus sonchifolius (Poepp. & Endl.) H. Rob.
Plant Family: Asteraceae
The yacon root is native to Peru and South America, and is a distant relative of the sunflower. Archeologists believe that the yacon probably originated in the high Andean region of Southern Peru. It is also thought to be one of the "lost crops" of the Incas, who were known to cultivate it and who considered it an important food crop. The fresh root is small and similar in appearance to a potato, and is said to taste similar to a cross between celery and Granny Smith apples.
The root and leaves are primarily the only parts used medicinally or otherwise.
The leaves are made into a tea, and the root is made into syrups and extracts. It may also be found in South America in slices, or made into jellies or jams.
Yacon is currently being cultivated in the Czech Republic as an experimental food crop.
Specific: No known precautions.
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