Organic Yacon Powder is made from a potato-like root that has been farmed in the lush mountain valleys of Peru for centuries. Often called the "Apple of the Earth", these roots are sliced thin and sun-dried before being stone-ground into a powder. Yacon has a wonderful sweet taste and a naturally high Inulin content, with only about half the calories of the average sugar source. Yacon's complex sugars break down slowly so they have little effect on blood glucose levels, making it low on the Glycemic Index.
Yacon plants grow all year in frost free regions of the mountains and take approximately six to seven months to reach maturity. When the plant flowers, it grows rhizomes that are attached to large tubers weighing upwards of two pounds each. The tuberous root, known locally as Peruvian ground apple, looks and tastes very similar to sweet potatoes. When the roots are ready for harvest, they are collected and sent to be cleaned thoroughly before being peeled. All the of the skin must be removed or the taste of the end product can be altered negatively. The peeled roots are then chopped up into small pieces, juiced filtered to remove any solid matter. The juice is then put in an evaporator that removes all the water, turning the juice into a smooth, dark amber syrup.
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Peru borders Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, the Pacific Ocean and covers almost half a million square miles of western South America. The climate can range from arid on the coastal regions to tropical in the Amazon and is home to over 21,00 species of plants and animals, making Peru extremely biodiverse.