View Full Version : anyone use jicama?
07-18-2009, 09:21 AM
I had some a few years ago in Mexico and loved it, so I bought some at the market yesterday planning to eat it raw but it just tastes starchy, like a potato. Anyone else use this and how do you prepare it?
07-18-2009, 09:35 AM
I eat it as is. LOVE it! Or, add lemon juice and a bit of salt; make spring rolls with it; use it as a wrapper for various things. It's quite versatile.
Make sure you get a young one. When they get old, they're stringy and hard to enjoy.
07-18-2009, 10:33 AM
Hi Betty Boop,
Last summer Purely Delicious magazine created an amazing not potato salad using jicama. The recipe might be around here somewhere...(Sorry I'm just stopping in for a quick visit so I don't have time to search for it.)
Anyway it is really DELISH andmakes a great replacement for traditional potato salad. I made it as directed with the exception of grating some of the jicama and squeezing it out. The result was a more mashed potato salad texture which is a favorite of mine.
07-18-2009, 02:47 PM
Great sliced chip style and used for dipping into guacomole.
Usually the jicamas I get are not too starchy, but recently I bought a small jicama that was very starchy. I sliced it into "french fries", soaked the fries for an hour or so in water with sea salt. Rinsed and air dried. Coated with 1 T. olive oil, and 1/4 t. each chili powder, paprika, and sea salt. Eat as is or put in the dehydrator for an hour of two to dry out the edges and set the spices. Serve with raw catsup or a nut mayo. My new favorite way to eat jicama. :)
07-18-2009, 08:00 PM
I pretty much love any veggie or fruit when in Mexico, they taste completely different to what we get even if they are imported from Mexico. I can't eat these plain so I will try all of these suggestions - thanks for all the suggestions..
07-19-2009, 02:32 AM
They are a good replacement for French fries and potatoes.
07-19-2009, 03:30 AM
I just eat as an Apple..........
07-19-2009, 09:34 AM
My kids really liked jicama the one time I bought it. they said it tasted like pea pods to them. However, I made "Potato" salad and did NOT like it. It looked so much like potato salad, but the sweet taste of the jicama made my brain rebel. :p I think I will try cauliflower or some other blander veggie next time I try the recipe, because the dressing part was really good.
07-19-2009, 09:48 AM
I had some with guacamole last night, it makes a nice little chip for dipping.
07-19-2009, 12:35 PM
All the mashed potato recipes I've seen called for jicama and soaked macadamias. Blend them with salt, pepper, garlic, and maybe some herbs...
07-29-2009, 07:21 PM
I've used in in the Todd's Waldorf salad recipe, and it was really good in there.
07-30-2009, 10:51 AM
Jicama is a good substitution for rice. I've seen several recipes floating around that uses it in sushi, after it's been pulverized and dehydrated a little bit before adding in the usual sushi rice stuff.
07-30-2009, 12:42 PM
I use it a lot chopped in my salads. It does not add or take away from the flavor of the salad, but adds a wonderful crunch.
07-31-2009, 04:08 AM
Both of the organic markets near me do not sell jicama. Both stores claim that they cannot get it organic. Does anyone else have this issue? Both of the stores have recommended a Asian market, but it's not organic.
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