Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
This sweet, juicy tuber is packed with vitamins for a healthy immune system but one of its best properties is that it is meant to help with regulating blood sugars. Try this recipe from Home Grown Happiness for an alternative sweetener!
- 4kg yacon, peeled and diced
Blitz up your yacon to a pulp, then pass through a sieve or cheesecloth to extract the juice. (alternatively, use a juicer). Add to a large saucepan.
Bring the juice to boil, on medium heat and keep it continuously simmering, stirring occasionally.
Scum will rise to the top and you can scoop this off with a spoon. After about 3 hours the yacon juice should have reduced considerably. Increase the frequency of stirring now to avoid it burning.
Once it is the consistency of runny honey, pour into a sterilized jar.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.