Yacon Syrup

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, juiced and concentrated into smooth dark amber syrup. Yacon syrup can 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, juiced filtered to remove any solid matter. The juice is then put in an evaporator that removes all the water, turning the juice into a smooth, dark amber syrup.

Use

Yacon syrup has a 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

VarietyS. sonchifolius
OriginPeru

Certifications

Typical nutrition per 100ml

calories136
Calories from Fat0
Total Fat0g
Saturated Fat0g
Trans Fat0g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium85mg
Potassium0mg
Total Carbohydrate74.58g
Dietary Fiber0g
Total Sugars47.46g
Protein0g
Vitamin A0IU
Vitamin C0mg
Calcium0mg
Iron1.22mg