Yacon Powder

Short Description

Our yacon plants take root in the Andes eastern slopes that face the tropical Amazon Rainforest. The large tubers are harvested, cleaned, peeled, cut into small pieces and gently dried for hours before being milled into fine powder. In powder form, yacon can easily be used as a sweetener, is low glycemic, can help regulate blood sugar levels and aid in mineral absorption of other foods.

Process

Yacon plants grow all year in frost free regions of the mountains and take approximately six to seven months to reach maturity. When the plant flowers, it grows rhizomes that are attached to large tubers weighing upwards of two pounds each. The tuberous root, known locally as Peruvian ground apple, looks and tastes very similar to sweet potatoes. When the roots are ready for harvest, they are collected and sent to be cleaned thoroughly before being peeled. All the of the skin must be removed or the taste of the end product can be altered negatively. The peeled roots are then chopped up into small pieces, dried at low temperatures for about eight hours, milled and sifted into a fine powder.

Use

Yacon powder has a slightly sweet, earthy taste, and can be used as a natural low glycemic sweetener, due to a high concentration of Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a type of sugar carbohydrate which does not metabolize in the upper gastrointestinal tract, and thus does not produce a notable increase in blood sugars level like other sugar carbohydrates do. FOS also act as a prebiotic in the body, promoting digestive health.

Source

Peru borders Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, the Pacific Ocean and covers almost half a million square miles of western South America. The climate can range from arid on the coastal regions to tropical in the Amazon and is home to over 21,00 species of plants and animals, making Peru extremely biodiverse.

Peru

VarietySmallanthus sonchifolius
OriginPeru

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Typical nutrition per 100g

calories370.87
Calories from Fat0
Total Fat0g
Saturated Fat0g
Trans Fat0g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium30mg
Potassium0mg
Total Carbohydrate87.92g
Dietary Fiber13.85g
Total Sugars10g
Protein2.93g
Vitamin A0IU
Vitamin C8mg
Calcium265mg
Iron3mg