Post # 140 Jicama

July 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 140 Jicama

Anyone ever heard of it?  Jicama is pronounced Hick-Uh-Muh.  It’s a root vegetable similar to an overgrown and misshapen potato.  It has a thin skin and white/ivory firm interior.  It’s crunchy texture is lightly sweet, and it tastes like a cross between a potato and an apple.  It’s very good.  But don’t eat the plant or beans that grow from it.  They’re poisonous.


Jicama is mostly used raw.  It’s sliced into small pieces, either cubes or matchsticks, and added to all kinds of things like salad, tacos, salsa, fruit cups, or added as garnish for soup.  It’s a different kind of food that most Americans are not familiar with.

I use it mostly on trays of crudité.  It’s a great dipping stick as can be seen in the picture above.  I also use it in salads, see below.  It’s now hitting the forefront of celebrity cooking and I think we’re going to start seeing it around more often.  One recipe I just read shredded it and included it in cole slaw, but it can stand on its own as a slaw.  I even saw one recipe that has it thin sliced, grilled, and added to hamburgers.

One day last week, during the hottest part of the week, I was looking for something cool and easy to make.  I hit upon this idea, which I then found repeated ad infinitum all over the ‘net.

Watermelon Jicama Salad

  • 3 cups ripe watermelon, cubed into small pieces
  • 2 cups jicama cubed into small pieces
  • 1 cup cucumber cubed with skin on
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, the harder the better
  • 1 handful roasted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cup canned peach or pear with the juice
  • Additional fresh fruit as desired

Put all ingredients into a bowl and gently mix.  Chill for two hours, and serve.


Hope you enjoy it.  Let me know if you make it and how it turned out!


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