Produce Pick: Jicama [video]

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Jicama

I TRIED to do an old fashioned Produce Pick video, but with a grumpy baby and a 6 year old, I was very distracted. SO let me tell you about Jicama before you see our train wreck of a video.

Jicama is root vegetable, resembling a large potato or turnip. It’s crisp, refreshing, and slightly sweet. Like a firm white watermelon, a sweet radish, or even a raw tasty potato. A cup of jicama (130g) has a whopping 6g of fiber, 1g of protein, no fat, and a mere 50 calories.

See how the 6 year old reacts to trying it, and stay tuned this week for my watermelon Jicama Salsa experiments!

Any jicama fans already out there? How do you use it?

Click here to see my first recipe using Jicama, Watermelon Jicama Salsa with Cumin Dusted Chicken – Two Ways

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  1. Krista

    I’m with Ryan on the jicama…it’s good, but I don’t really know what it tastes like either. Kind of a cross between a lot of things, but it sort of reminds me of the vegetable version of an Asian pear. I like it, but don’t buy it often because they are usually super huge and nobody else here really digs it. I bet you could go savory or sweet with it…like perhaps use it like you would water chestnuts even.

  2. Liz

    I absolutely LOVE jicama. I have an WW recipe that is a salad that has jicama, mango, chicken, red onion and cilantro. It is so yummy and super filling. The dressing is lime juice, cumin, hot sauce, and olive oil. I bring it a lot to summer things because it has no mayo and it’s usually a hit.

    I also like to eat it just like carrots and think its a great addition to any salad.

  3. Hally

    Roni ~
    We LOVE jicama at this house too! I like it with lemon juice, a little salt, and some mexican fruit spice. I also second Liz’s suggestion to make a fruit salad/salsa out of it.
    It’s a great way to bulk up a summer salad.

  4. Tina

    It HAS been a while since I saw one of your videos. Ryan is a little man, and such a sweet boy! So adorable to see him and his little brother interact.
    I think I bought jicama once, and it reminded me of celery and cabbage, I couldn’t figure it out either. I wasn’t sure if I liked the taste either, didn’t do much for me. But I could see it tasting good in some kind of cold slaw or salad.

  5. Barbara

    I like it too. To me its like eating a raw potatoe.
    when I was a kid (long time ago) we use to eat slices of raw potatoes, and thats what it remind me of.
    I have actually slice it with other veggies and used a dip and ate them.
    I think a salsa would be nice too. Need to buy another one.

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