Normally food finds are products I stumble upon not produce but today I came across a jicama. A few people have mentioned them to me before but I never saw them in the stores until today! I didn’t even know they existed until about a month ago.
A jicama looks like the large mutant child of a baking potato and turnip. The only way I can describe its taste is like cucumber potato, the starchy crisp texture of a potato with the watery freshness of a cucumber. If that makes any sense?!? ;~)
I peeled it like a potato and cut strips for snacking on. I can see it as a compliment in salsa, stir-fries and possibly paired with melons. According to Wegmans when cooked lightly it becomes milder but retains its crispness, like a water chestnut.
The nutritional information is quite impressive, at 45 calories, 0 fat and 4 g of fiber per cup. So if you are looking for something new, see if you can find one in the produce of your grocery store.
If you are a jicama fan, please tell us how you use it. I fascinated by this new find!