Obscure Vegetables: Jicama

What is jicama?

Jicama (pronounced: hi-kuh-muh) is one of those obscure vegetables us Face Planters pride ourselves on knowing exist. It’s a root vegetable and is traditionally peeled, sliced up, and put in salads, served with dip, or eaten plain. It’s a great addition to salads because it absorbs the taste of the salad dressing. Another great use for jicama is a crunchy addition to a tropical fruit salad.

Jicama is like an apple in vegetable form. It has the same crunchy yet juicy texture of an apple, without the sweetness.

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Preparation

Jicama is ridiculously hard to peel. My advice is to abandon the peeler and grab a knife to cut off the skin of this sucker. Cut into sticks and put in a glass of ice water. Store in the fridge for an hour or so and then cut up and put in a salad or eat plain.

You can also add flavor to the jicama after it soaks by squeezing a lime over it and then sprinkling paprika on it. Add some carrot sticks in the glass for variety, and you’ve got an impromptu dinner-party-worthy snack that’s healthy and delicious.

Nutrition Information

  • 50 Calories/Cup
  • 0g of Fat
  • 11.47 g  of Carbohydrates
  • Significant source of fiber- 6.4 g of fiber per cup
  • 40% of your daily value of Vitamin C
  • 195 mg of Potassium

Overall, it’s a very healthy vegetable with notable Potassium, Vitamin C and Fiber levels. It’s also a great substitute for fatty salad add ins like croutons.

 

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