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Yacon is a root crop that can be eaten raw. It has been called “apple of the earth” because of its sweet taste and crunchy texture. (N. Vietmeyer)

In addition, yacon could be a source of inulin for use in sucrose-free foods for diabetics. As noted, the high-fructose sugars produced from inulin might also eventually compete with other, less-efficient sources.


Yacon is usually eaten raw. The sweet, crunchy tuber is often chopped and added to salads, imparting flavor and texture. The tubers are also consumed boiled5 and baked. In cooking, they stay sweet and

5 If boiled “in the jacket,” the skin separates from the flesh and can be peeled off like a boiled egg.

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