Jicama

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Flickr: Gary Soup

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Foods Included

Jicama (aka yam bean, Mexican potato)

Description

Jicama is a root that is also known as Mexican yam or Mexican turnip. The white inside of a jicama has a texture similar to a raw potato. It tastes sweet and starchy, and it is usually eaten raw, with some salt, lemon, or lime juice and chili powder sprinkled on top.

Buy It

  • Choose jicama that is heavy for its size and firm.
  • The skin should be unmarked with no wrinkles.

Store It

  • Store unpeeled jicama in a plastic bag in the refridgerator for up to 2 weeks.

Cook It

  • Remove skin with a vegetable peeler or sharp knife. Cut the jicama into slices or cubes.
  • Serve it with a dip as an appetizer; or add it to a salad for a crunchy, juicy texture.
  • Serve raw slices with chili powder, lime juice, and salt.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full.  Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.

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