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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Is anyone local growing Yacon?

Posted Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 9:48 AM
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  • First time I have seen Jicama in that shape before....they are normally shaped and sized kinda like the size of a coconut, but I love the flavor...a good one is very crisp and has a light pear-ish flavor to me....if we're talking the same tubular...they also look like those Japanise yams I'm so fond of...

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, May 28, 2014, at 11:23 PM
  • From further research I think the inclusion of jicama in that description might be only because they are similar. Someone wrote that there is a difference in chemical makeup and growth pattern.

    I've been trying to source the rhizomes but everyone is sold out. Supposed to be extra good for diabetics as a sweetener. The sugars can't be digested. I'll find an article and link it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 29, 2014, at 6:28 AM
  • Whoa, looks like a big difference between jicama and yacon. Not sure why this website http://www.rain-tree.com/yacon.htm#.U4c1dCgsCZS said the common names are meant for the same plant. In fact, I am going to delete that word from the list in the original post.

    This site claims the leaves and outside skin of jicama is toxic http://foodfacts.mercola.com/jicama.html Claims they make rotenone from it which is an organic insecticide.

    In fact, I am going to remove ALL common names in the post above unless I know it refers to the same plant.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 29, 2014, at 8:38 AM
  • Thanks for questioning this chefgrape.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 29, 2014, at 8:39 AM
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