The yacon plant, also called Smallanthus sonchifolius, grows natively in the Andes mountains in South America.
Yacon root looks like a sweet potato, but it has a completely different taste, texture, and nutrient profile. This tuber has a creamy white-yellow color and a uniquely refreshing taste that’s similar to apple, watermelon, and celery combined. Unlike a sweet potato, yacon is often eaten raw and contains no starch.
Yacon syrup is extracted from the roots of the yacon plant. It’s a sweet-tasting syrup with a look and consistency similar to molasses.
Yacon has been used for nutrition as well as folk medicine for diabetes, weight control, and inflammation.