What's that plant? and other frequently asked questions
As long as I was there, I wandered around to see if there was anything else I might want to grow, and found Yacón: a relative of the sunflower, grown for its edible tubers. Not quite a potato, but definitely worth trying.
What's that plant?Yacón, also known as "Peruvian ground apple."
|Yacón, a.k.a. Peruvian Ground Apple|
What part do you eat?Edible tubers grow underground, like potatoes. They taste kind of like apples, or jicama. You can eat them raw or cooked.
What kind of plant is it?Yacón is related to the sunflower. No word on whether its flowers produce edible seeds, though one web site said it had been cultivated by dividing the root cluster for so many generations that it no longer produces viable pollen or seeds.
|Left: Yacón Right: Sunflowers.|
Where does it come from?Yacón is native to South America.
I bought these plants as seedlings from Berkeley Horticultural Nursery.