I have recently discovered a delicious new food, called Jicama. Pronounced (hee-cama) Its’ appearance may seem a little intimidating, but I assure you that it’s quite easy to prepare and eat.
Jicama is a root vegetable, sometimes called a Mexican turnip or yambean. The taste and texture is somewhere between an apple, turnip and water chestnut – so it goes well with just about everything. You might even compare it to an Asian pear in its’ versatility.
One of the best things about Jicama is that it’s about 90% water, and a one-cup serving provides 25% of your daily fiber needs! It’s low in natural sugars and low on the glycemic index, so it fits nicely into most nutrition plans. It is satisfying and filling, yet low carb, and low sugar. #winning!
Here are some facts about how the unique fiber in Jicama can help with weight loss and overall great health:
Health benefits of Jicama
- Great source of prebiotic fiber.
- Supports Weight Loss and Blood Sugar Control
- Helps Increase Immune Function
- Benefits Heart Health
- Great for Digestion
- High in Antioxidant Vitamin C
- Supports Bone Health
How to buy and store Jicama
You will typically find Jicama with in the root vegetable section of the produce department at your grocery store. As you can see in the picture, it looks kind of like a coconut. Choose one that feels firm, looks beige in color, and doesn’t have any bruises. It will keep in a cool, dark place at home for several weeks. I keep mine in the refrigerator vegetable bin. It’s best to wait until you are ready to eat, before cutting into it. Otherwise, it will dry out quickly.
How to prepare Jicama
To prepare, simply remove the skin (it’s thinner than a potato skin. Slice, chop or spiralize and eat it raw or cooked. Jicama sticks make a great snack, dipped in hummus, guacamole, salsa, or just plain. Dice it up and add to your salad for a fresh crunch. Craving salty chips or crackers? Try swapping out for some seasoned jicama fries!
Or, shred it into slaw like this recipe below:
- 2 medium jicama spiralized or shredded
- 1 bell pepper (red, yellow or orange), chopped
- Your favorite balsamic dressing or vegan mayo with apple cider vinegar
- Handful of cilantro