Peruvian ground apple can improve Himachal’s economy

SHIMLA- It’s the exotic ‘Peruvian ground apple’, also known as ‘ground apple’ or ‘yacon’, a nutritious root vegetable low in calories and high in potassium and which can boost the economy of Himachal Pradesh. The crop has a huge market in the sucrose-free food industry, say agricultural experts. Ground apple can be successfully grown at an altitude of 5,000 feet and above.

Nutrition experts say the tubers taste crunchy, crisp and refreshing just like a sweet apple. It contains carbohydrates in the form of inulin, a type of fructose, which is a suitable food for type II diabetics. The ground apple also has potential as a forage crop with a high protein content. ~ IANS

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