Saturday, August 04, 2007

Yacón: Peruvian "Ground Apple"

Today Steph's neighbors gave her dad some tubers they said had come from Cebu. They said they were called "Yakon," and that they could be eaten raw. The tubers were alien to me, though they looked a bit like kamote (sweet potato). Tito Boy gave me one to bring home and I could tell him if it was nasty hahaha! As soon as I got home I texted Chef Junjun about it and in response to my questions he said that yes, pared Yakon (or Yacón) could indeed be eaten fresh, that they were sweet and nutritious, and that they would keep in a cool dry corner. Googled and Wiki'd it too, and turned up plenty of links but here are a couple of favorites:

Yacón info at
Yummy Yacón at Mother Earth News

The tuber's still in the pantry. I'll make something of it this weekend and add to this post then :-)


Anonymous kaoko said...

Oooh, I saw that at SM and was interested, kaso I decided not to grab it since I had too many vegetables already. Post naman how it turns out :D

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

got some yakon from the baguio city market last week. it tastes like singkamas but looks like labanos when peeled. cordi folk say it's good for diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney stones... but i didn't get info on how often or how much i should eat for it to have any therapeutic value. there was a store selling dried yakon leaves, too. for tea or salad, maybe...

10:46 PM  
Anonymous trish said...

for me it tastes like pear or "peras" in tagalog...masarap! i like it and its good to know that it's nutritious as well =)

6:55 AM  
Blogger jake said...

when i first heard that yacon thing i never gave an attention to it, but when i taste it im amaze because the taste is like singkamas for me and i found out it was very nutritious and helpful to those who have diabeties

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had some when I was in Baguio. It looks like camote but tastes like singkamas. My baby loved nibbling it. It helped ease my UTI. I wish I could have more of it.

1:32 AM  

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