Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) is a tuber grown in warm and temperate zones of the Andes Mountains due to its crisp texture and its own sweet flavor. Yacon plants can grow up to 1.5 to 2 m in height, although sometimes it can be exceeded; This perennial plant produces small, yellow and discrete flowers at the end of the growing season. Unlike other root vegetables domesticated by the Incas such as olluco or oca, yacon is not sensitive to photoperiod, and can produce a commercial crop in the tropics.

Yacon Fruit

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Peruvian Yacon

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The Yacon is an Andean tuber with a sweet flavor. Its main advantage is its content of Inulin, Dietary fiber that helps the body to metabolize Glucose.

It is an Andean root that despite its sweet taste, is excellent for diabetics,

Unlike other tubers, it does not store its carbohydrates in the form of starch, but instead of Insulin, the tubers can weigh up to 1 kg.

Yacon plants can grow to 1.5 to 2 m in height, although in some cases it can be exceeded. Unlike other domesticated root vegetables such as olluco or oca.


  1. Aids in weight loss
  2. Helps to prevent cancer
  3. Aids in managing diabetes
  4. Lowers levels of bad cholesterol
  5. Reduces strain on cardiovascular system
  6. Help to reduce constipation and gastric ulcers