Monday, September 29, 2008

What the heck is jicama? And should you be eating it.?

well, i know what jicama is . but i have never tried it till tonight.

We have a store here called Pete's Frootique where you can get the more obscure fruits and veggies. And i found Jicama!
Jicama is a root vegetable that is used alot in Mexican food. Some people have characterized it as a cross between an apple and a potato. it looks like a turnip has a thin brown skin you can peel. it can be used in a zillion different way.
jicama is a low calorie, low-fat, high fiber food. it's mostly water about 90% yet a cup o it contains more than 6 grams of fiber. that alone makes it one of the worlds healthiest foods. but jicama also has calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin c, vitamin a and beta carotene. with a measly 49 calories per cup.
You can bake or broil a jicama like a potato, or slice it into stir fries. great raw. i mixed it into a berry-fruit salad for my snack later. i had a few bites and it is really satisfying.
so a new recommended superfood. jicama. Try it !


Kim said...

Never heard of this veggie. I'll have to keep my eyes open and see if I can find them near me. How do they compare price wise to potatoes?

headly said...

it may be cheaper if you live in a more urban area. also i bought from one of the higher price veggie stores around here. it cost 1.99 a lb. i bought one that was 1.75 lbs. for all the uses i will be using it for . Natural raw state. it is alot of Jicama. next time ( and there will be a next time) I will be looking for about a 1 lb one. It doesnt have a whole lot of flavour. so some flavour will have to be added to it. although somewhat good, albeit bland, on it's own.
I mixed it into a fruit and berry salad ad let it meld together. has almost the same texture and crunch as an apple. it was a perfect fit.

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