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Smallanthus sonchifolius


Smallanthus sonchifolius, known as an earth apple, has sweet, edible storage roots and single yellow flowers.

Smallanthus sonchifolius is a perennial plant notable for its large, edible storage roots. It is a relative of the sunflower with smaller yellow single flowers. The roots have brown skin similar to that of a potato. The flesh is white and sweet to the taste both raw and cooked and is comparable to that of apple and a pear with the crisp texture of celery. Taste and texture remain somewhat the same whether eaten raw or cooked plus it oxidizes at a very slow rate. Roots are said to be very low in carbohydrates. Easy to grow and resistant to many pests and diseases. Consume fresh like a dessert apple or roast or cook in stir fries, soups, stews, and curries.

Common Name: Earth Apple - [Fall Citrus Pre-Order]

Family: Asteraceae (The Aster/Daisy Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-11

Light: Full Sun, Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer - Fall

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes


Benefits: Butterflies, Bees

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native:

Native Habitat: Highlands of the Andes


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - Central and South America

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