NEW! Updated 5/07/13:
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2013 SALES ARE CANCELLED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT INVENTORY. We are very sorry to report this, but our field plot of yacon has been under siege from problems ranging from gophers to irrigation malfunction to “tractor accident”. We still have enough plants to divide and re-stock ourselves, but in order to do this, we can’t sell plants this coming winter. The time usually spent preparing and shipping orders will be needed to give the plot the attention required to get us back on track. We will be notifying those who have already contacted us by email of these circumstances, but ask that UNLESS YOU WANT LEAVES ONLY, please do not request ordering information for plants or tubers. We plan to resume sales in January, 2014. We hope that you still enjoy reading the links on our site to learn about yacon. Again, we are sorry for the disappointment.
Are you interested in eating fresh yacon tubers, but can’t find them anywhere? Are you looking to buy yacon plants? Leaves for tea? Look no further.
We began growing Yacon (also known as Bolivian Sunroot and Peruvian Ground Apple) about 6 years ago, intrigued by descriptions of its ancient origins and extreme healthfulness. I started with one little plant, and the end result of this labor of love is that now I have rather a lot of them! Yacon syrup and dried chips seem available for sale all over the place, but it seems silly to eat those, when the tubers themselves are so good. And it seems not many farmers sell them fresh, which is a shame. I grew these originally with our farm CSA in mind, but we’ve already met the demands of our CSA program….and then some. We sell the fresh tubers for $5/lb, in season, and can send them within the United States. 10-13 lbs fits easily into a Large USPS Flat Rate box. 5-7lbs fits into a Medium USPS Flat Rate Box. Smaller quantities can be ordered but shipping would have to be determined on an individual basis.
These tubers are food, they do not make new plants. We sell the plants (propagation roots), but whether we can ship to you may be affected by state laws and quarantines. The cost for them is $15 each, and the time frame for obtaining reproductive parts is December thru mid-May, approximately.
A mounting body of research indicates that consuming the tubers, and tea made from the leaves, has significant health benefits for certain ailments– particularly diabetes. The tubers and leaves are nutritious as well…the tubers are a good source of potassium while the leaves have an extraordinary protein content.
Our tubers are harvested by hand and washed free of as much soil as possible. Fresh yacon tubers are fragile, and we may have to limit the cleaning process so as not to damage them. Any bad parts are trimmed away, and they are allowed to air dry. The propagation roots are divided, inspected carefully for damage or insects, trimmed to the optimum size for generating a new plant, and placed in soilless medium.
Special Circumstances: If you are experiencing freezing weather where you live, you MUST communicate that with us so that together, we can figure out a safe window for shipping. Yacon roots and tubers cannot be exposed to freezing temperatures…the plant cells will explode, and a gooey mess will arrive on your end. If your order arrives ruined, we will work with you to replace the items one time at no extra cost BUT you will have to pay for the extra shipping costs. In 2011 and 2012 we worked successfully with gardeners from some really cold places all over the United States, delaying their shipments into May if necessary.