YAGO Farm has special interest in “functional” crops from around the world known for their health benefits. We strive to search for best alternative crops for both Kentucky farmers and consumers. Our crop list includes Yacon, Goguma (Korean sweet potato), Okra, Jerusalem artichoke, and Korean radish. The list could change as we continue to study, learn and experiment with different crops. YAGO Farm practices a strict “No Spray” policy.
YAGO Farm’s main crop and the key ingredient of almost all of YAGO products. Yacon is a tuber plant primarily grown in South America for thousands of years and has been traditionally used in a diabetic-sensitive diet in Peru. Fresh yacon tuber is mildly sweet, crunchy, and juicy. It is called “Diet potato” for its low glycemic index and calorie value (54 per 100g). It is popular in Korea and Japan as well. Still relatively new to the U.S., yacon is not available at grocery stores or any farms in Kentucky or this region. Carbohydrates in yacon are in the form of fructooligosaccharides (FOS), prebiotics that feed good bacteria in the gut. To learn about health benefits of yacon, please click below:
Native to North America, Jerusalem artichoke is often called “sunchokes” and belongs to the sunflower family. The white flesh is nutty, sweet and crunchy like chestnuts when raw. Along with chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke is the main source of inulin, excellent prebiotics. Popular in Korea thanks to their known effects on blood sugar control. To learn more about benefits of Jerusalem artichoke, please click below.
Also known as ladies fingers, okra is believed to originate from Ethiopia and cultivated in Egypt by the 12th century BC. Okra pods are used in a variety of dishes including gumbo. YAGO discovered that okra makes a great Kimchi as well. Okra Kimchi was a hit item at a local Lexington farmers market last summer. Okra is popular in South eastern countries as well as Japan and China but still fairly new in Korea. It has been gaining recognition recently since its effects on diabetes became known through media some years ago.
Okra seeds were used as a coffee alternative during World War II and has been used as a traditional diabetes medicine in Turkey. YAGO has developed some unique products with okra seeds. Please visit our Store for the special okra seeds products. For health benefits of okra, please click below.
Korean Sweet Potato “Goguma”
There are a few different sweet potato varieties in Korea. The one we grow at YAGO Farm is the type most common with purple skin and white flesh. Goguma is more dense and sweeter than American sweet potato. It has a chestnut like flavor. Goguma is probably the most popular root vegetable in Korea. You can simply roast or steam them and enjoy as a snack. Rich in beta-carotene and a good source of magnesium. They are also fat free and rich in fiber.
Korean Radish “Mu”
“Mu” is a generic term for radishes in Korean while “Daikon” is a generic term for radishes in Japanese. Most typically, Mu refers to a variety of white radish with firm crunch texture. It is generally shorter and rounder than Japanese daikon. It has a peppery yet sweet taste. Mu contains lots of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and fiber. It is an excellent source of the digestive enzymes diastase, amylase and esterase, which are especially effective with starchy food. Mu is also known for its detoxification effect. Koreans use fresh Mu in Kimchi, soup, stew, stir fry and other dishes.
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