I am posting another new vegetable for SWOL challenge #2. I know the challenge was try one new fruit and one new vegetable but I found this strange looking vegetable and I had to give it a try. It's called a Jicama [hee-kuh-muh].
Again, as I said in my my SWOL challenge #2 post, I read that jicama contains a high amount of vitamin C, is low in sodium, and has no fat. One serving or 1 cup of cubed jicama contains only 45 calories.
Here is the recipe I decided to try. I read this is the way it is sold by street vendors in LA and in Mexico so I thought it would be a good recipe to start with.
1 1/2 lbs jicama
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 lime, to squeeze on the jicama
1. Peel the jicama and cut into pieces about 3″ x 1/2″ x 1/2″.
2. Arrange the jicama on a paper towel and sprinkle with lime juice.
3. Sprinkle with chili powder.
4. Arrange on a platter and serve ice cold.
It was certainly interesting. I would say it tasted like a cross between an apple and a potato. I saw other suggestions to use it in a salad, on a vegetable plate, in a stir fry or a fruit salad. I would definitely try Jicama in again but maybe in a different recipe.