How To Eat Yacon
Raw yacon roots: It is better to dry the tubers for a month to make them sweeter. If you eat them just after harvest it is not that sweet.
Yacon tubers can be eaten raw as a fruit and it is often chopped and added to salads.
Sweet and sour yacon pickles are made by lacto-fermenting the tuber. It is a Japanese treat
Cooked Yacon tubers: Yacon roots can be baked. You can boil it by itself or add them in soups and stews.
Yacon Chips or Yacon Slices are made by cutting thin slices of yacon and putting them to dry under the sun. It transforms into yacon chips that are delicious to eat for its crunchy texture.
Yacon powder is made from the yacon tubers that are put to dry and later ground into a fine powder. It is used as a sweetener or as a sugar substitute for cooking or baking. To mix it better, you have to put the yacon powder first before you pour the liquid and stir it or you can use a blender.
Yacon Syrup is made from boiling pure juice extracted from yacon roots through a food processor or by artisan means, then it is boiled in a special slow simmering, and is fermented for 24 hours. This procedure can be repeated a couple of times depending on the desired flavor to obtain and lastly, it comes to the filtering process with a strainer. Twenty four pounds of yacon roots will make one litter or a quarter of yacon syrup.
Yacon molasses, it is concentrated yacon syrup, it is the leftover of the last filtration. It can be used as sugar too – but because is more concentrated use in less quantity-.
Yacon Leaves tea: Yacon leaves are used sparsely in mixtures with other leaves of medicinal plants in indigenous teas. These teas have been used for centuries by South American people and there have been no reported bad side effects.
The main stem of the plant or rhizome is edible and it can be used as a stem vegetable.