Colombia, the country where I’ve been living is a paradise for locavores. I originally come from Montreal, a place known for its long and harsh winters, during which mostly root vegetables are available. And, as much as I love root vegetables, I couldn’t survive on them for six long cold months!
Colombia is definitely a place where I could entertain the idea of becoming a locavore. It has a very biodiverse climate. It is possible to get your hands on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, from the exotic carribean ones to the high-altitude ones. Needless to say, my organic basket is like a box of surprises. I’ve made so many discoveries in the last three years!
About a month ago, I got yacon in my basket. At first, I thought it was a potato but it turned out to be completely different. It is more akin to a mix between a sweet pear and a less-crunchy water chestnut. The flavor is sweet and fragrant. It also holds a lot of water that it loses when peeled. I would therefore recommend to take that into consideration when making a dressing as it can water down the dressing with its sweet juice. Use flavors that combine well with pear.
I usually grate the yacon and make a simple soy-ginger dressing to go with it.
Here follows the recipe.
¼ cup of mild-tasting olive oil
¼ cup of soy sauce
1 small piece of ginger grated
2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or any sweetener of your choice)
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
le bon vegan
Vegan food that doesn't taste healthy