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Nº 17. Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Yacon Syrup

Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) is an Andean tuberous root with a high content of sugars; hence, from these roots a kind of syrup can be made. The sugar present in these roots has the particularity of not being assimilated by the human body, so that the syrup prepared from them can be used by diabetics and people trying to lose weight.

It is important to note that these dietary properties of yacon are only present in those tuberous roots that have been adequately handled after harvest; otherwise, such sugars can revert to common sugars, and therefore lose their advantages over other sweeteners.

Here is a recipe for homemade yacon syrup.

Yacon Syrup
1 kg (2.2 lb)Yacon roots.
2 tbsp.Lemon juice.
unflavored gelatin (optional).

Directions. Wash and peel the yacon roots. Grate them.

Sprinkle the resulting product immediately with lemon juice, and squeeze it with the help of a clean cheesecloth. You can also process it in a food processor.

Pour the resulting juice into a saucepan, and boil until it reaches the desired consistency. Optionally, you can use unflavored gelatin to improve consistency.

This syrup goes well with fruit salads.