Jicama is a beige round vegetable that looks more like a potato or other root vegetable; however it is in fact a member of the Fabaceae family which includes beans and peas, which explains the “legumey” flavour.  Derek and I discovered jicama on a recent trip to Mexico (where it is native).  I looked for it at the Food Terminal and we are now offering it at Fraberts!

Unlike the root veggie it resembles (and in fact it is a root), it is not starchy, but has a snap and juiciness to it and is delicious eaten raw.  Its texture is similar to an apple.

The most traditional way to eat it is by peeling and slicing it with lemon or lime juice and chili powder.  Its flesh is porous, so it picks up flavours well.  You can marinate it and include in a salad, dip it in hummus, or use it in instead of a corn tortilla for a tasty tostada.  I like it sprinkled with Tajin (yes we have that in stock also!)

Jicama has many health benefits including aiding in digestion, vitamin C, vitamin B6, antioxidants, dietary fibre, prebiotics for gut health, and safe for blood sugar (low glycemic load).

Just in time for warmer days – give this tasty veggie a try!