Crop: Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius)

Use/Type: Standard

Breeder: William Whitson Cultivariable

OSSI Pledge Date: 2015

Release Date: 2015

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety


“Quinault is the first new variety from our yacon breeding project. It may be the first new yacon variety grown in the United States. We think that this variety will be of great interest to people who are interested in yacon breeding, because it has superior seed set and pollen production. We collected almost four seeds per flower from this variety from 2015, which is quite a bit better than most varieties. Other than its value for breeding, it appears to be a top performer. We don’t have years of experience with it yet, so there may be surprises in store, but the yield was very good and the taste of the tubers was on the sweet side after solarization. Mature tubers come out of the ground a light/red purple and darken up substantially when exposed to sunlight. Medium-tall, red tuber, red stem. Early flowering at about 155 days.”

Availability from OSSI Seed Company Partners