Navitas Naturals Yacon Slices are made from an ancient South American tuber that tastes more like a fruit than a root. Yacon has a reputation for being one of the healthiest sweeteners due to its high content of inulin, which has a low glycemic impact and provides healthy probiotics. Chewy dried Yacon Slices taste a bit like a delicious, exotic apple.
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Peru’s Apple of the Earth
The root of a hardy perennial plant (of the Asteraceae family), yacon is often called the “apple of the earth” due to its sweet and juicy crunch. Yacon is traditionally used in its native land of Peru as both a delicious food and a medicinal treatment for various ailments. Treasured by local communities throughout South America, yacon continues to have a place as an offering during Andean rituals and festivities. This mellow root has a delightfully delicate sweetness that can be extracted and used as a healthy sugar substitute. Navitas Naturals offers sweet yacon in two easy-to-use forms: dried slices and syrup.
- How to use it
- Trail Mix
- Fruit Salads
Product of Peru
It is believed that the cultivation of yacon began as far back as 1200 BC. Navitas Naturals Yacon Slices come from the Oxapampa region of the Peruvian Andes. From the high mountain ranges along the rivers of rolling forests, our yacon is grown on small family owned organic farms. Once the orange-red flowers signal harvest, the roots are extracted from the fertile earth, washed, peeled, and sliced before being gently dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve the root's vital nutrients.
- Chewy Texture
- Micronutrient Lineup
- Amino acids
- Potassium, Calcium
- Phosphorous, Iron
A valuable health food and an effective alternative sweetener, yacon’s greatest attribute is its naturally high content of inulin, a complex sugar that breaks down slowly into the sweet tasting but low-sugar fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Yacon also provides 20 amino acids, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and iron.
Knowledge of the health benefits of yacon has been passed down for generations. It has traditionally been consumed to strengthen the immune system and improve quality of life. The high level of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) found in yacon is beneficial for two reasons. First, although yacon tastes sweet, the sugars from the inulin are not actually digestible and simply pass through the body. Therefore, yacon only contains about half the calories of an average sugar source. Second, FOS promotes the production of healthy probiotics within the body, which can contribute to better digestion and colon health.
Peru is home to a large proportion of the world’s forest coverage with almost 72 million hectares of forested lands. The development of sustainable business in these regions is a steady approach toward avoiding deforestation and honoring indigenous communities. Navitas Naturals yacon is grown in the region reserved as a world biosphere by UNESCO, celebrating the biodiversity and sacred conservation of the ecosystems. We salute the indigenous communities that possess the deep knowledge of the natural resources from this region, they are heroes maintaining cultural and biological diversity.
Yacon Slices are a healthy food, not a miracle drug Health claims herein have not been reviewed by the FDA. Navitas Naturals products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
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Living up to its 'apple of the earth' nickname, dried yacon slices have a taste and texture similar to dried apple slices. Rural communities in Peru enjoy the sweet tuber as refreshment during fieldwork. Traditional preparation of yacon in the Andes region is to grate the tuber and squeeze it though a cloth to make a sweet refreshing drink. We suggest that you eat these slices straight out of the bag for a sweet and satisfying treat or add them to cereal, oatmeal, baked goods and salads.