Purple Yacon,Smallanthus sonchifolius Morado
From the Andes where it has been cultivated for 1500 years
Tubers are puprle
The root is sweet, crisp & juicy . Containing low calorie sugar substitute- making it ideal for low- sugar diet & weight loss. This veriety is just a bit sweeter than white Yacon . can check out white variety :http://www.eldontropicals.com/catalog/item/7319695/10089802.htm
Tubers also have probiotic effect, meaning they are used by beneficial bacteria that enhance colon health and aid digestion.
Member of the Sunflower family.
Producing 2 kinds of tubers: large storage tubers (that are eaten)- purple to brownish purple color
'central eye' - from which the plant can be propagated - bright purple color
Plant needs 6-7 mo to form large tubers - needs frost protection during this time.
It can be easily grown in large pots.
Aerial parts are damaged by frost, the roots are not harmed unless they freeze solid.
Tubers are ready to be harvested after the first few frosts when tops die off. Best to leave some tubers in ground for propagation next spring.
Pests for some reason seem to keep away from tubers.....
Best in partial sun.
Needs plenty of water
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 7b & up ( in zones 7b & 8a- needs good mulching for winter)
MATURE HEIGHT: 5-7 ft
Currently growing in 4" pot
Shipped potted where permitted