What is Jicama?
Jicama (pronounced “hee-ka-ma”) is a root vegetable, also known as a Mexican Yam. Jicama has a creamy white interior. It's flavor is sweet and starchy, similar to that of an apple or Raw Green Bean.A True Superfood
What makes Jicama a "Superfood"? For starters, it contains the soluble fiber inulin, which is a prebiotic. Prebiotics promote the growth of the "good" bacteria in your digestive system.
It's a fantastic source of Vitamin C and minerals. Thanks to the high amount of Vitamin C, adding Jicama to your diet may improve your overall skin tone, and even fight wrinkles by increasing collagen production. It's also a great source of potassium.How To Eat
When you are purchasing Jicama, be sure to choose one that is firm and heavy. You can store the vegetable whole and uncut for up to two weeks in a cool dark place, if kept in the refrigerator they can last up to three weeks. Always remove the peel of Jicama, it is inedible (simply use a veggie peeler) and peel off the first layer of flesh.
Usually its eaten Raw, flavored with Sea Salt, Lemon Lime or Chili Powder. It can also be cut into small wedges and dipped in Salsa.
Jicama is commonly added to stir fry, however you can do many things with this root vegetable. You can create your own Jicama Fries, or try adding it to your favorite soups.
Try out this recipe for Jicama Slaw and pack it for a healthy lunch or serve on the dinner table as a side dish.