I tried an absolutely new food yesterday.

I guess it’s always been at the grocery store, but I just never paid attention and never looked for it. It’s crisp and bright and has a very pale sweetness. The clerk at the farmstand was eating a slide, and I asked her what it was, and she said, “JICAMA! It’s delicious, and very low calorie.” And she brought me a slice.

Jicama!

I had never even thought something like this exists. So lightly sweet. I guess you never cook jicama – it tastes somewhat like an apple-pear but much less sweet – just a hint of sweetness, and on the outside, it’s (strangely enough!) the same color as a potato!

Here are some summer jicama recipes:
* Jicama orange salad!!! by Lu Recipes
* Jicama salad by Whole Foods
* Jicama beet salad by the Reluctant Housewife

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5 Comments

  1. Posted Sunday May 20, 2007 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    That looks really interesting…mmm!

  2. Posted Sunday May 20, 2007 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    They look like french fries! Looks yummy too :P

  3. Posted Sunday May 20, 2007 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Totally, Dave and Kloudia!!!

  4. charity
    Posted Thursday April 30, 2009 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Actually lowcarbers use jicama as french fries – they cut them like fries and fry them in oil….mmmmmm!

  5. JOSEPH
    Posted Saturday June 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    What do you mean”I guess you never cook jicama”?
    Peel, cube, boil and serve as a buttered potato (will be firmer), shred and make ‘latkas’ (a teaspoon of lemon juice minimizes the sweetness), use any place you would have used water chestnuts. Julienne and saute in oriental dishes, with green beans or asparagus, or as a part of a fajita mix with sliced peppers.

    The possibilities are only limited by the imagination. I have been cooking with jicama for years.