Jicama: Another Nutrition Marvel
Perhaps you’ve seen the word, and weren’t sure how to pronounce it. Perhaps you’ve seen the vegetable and weren’t sure what to do with it. That happens a lot with jicama (HEE-kah-mah), a funny-looking root vegetable from Mexico. When you learn more about jicama and actually eat some, you will stop laughing and add it to your nutrition arsenal.
It is hard to peel, but once you do, you find inside a crunchy white vegetable that looks like and even tastes a bit like an apple. It is low in calories, high in fiber and vitamin C, and has a very low glycemic index, so it is great for diabetics and folks who want to lose weight. It is also a great heart-healthy food.
The best way to eat jicama is raw, in a salad—either a vegetable or a fruit salad; it is delicious in both. Try making a slaw with it. It can also be stir fried or roasted. Jicama pairs up with any other vegetables or fruits you want in a dish. When eating it as a snack, cut it into julienne strips and pepper it, or sprinkle on some smoked paprika. A favorite Mexican recipe is chilled jicama slices sprinkled with chili powder, salt and lime juice.
It’s both fun and worthwhile to discover foods that are a bit out of the usual, don’t you think? Jicama is definitely a food worth trying and then continuing to enjoy.