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How do you prepare and eat a jicama?

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The most popular way to eat jicama is raw with salt, lemon or lime juice, and chili powder sprinkled on top. You can also:

But never eat the skin. Though its flesh is safe to eat, jicama's skin, along with the leaves and seeds, contains rotenone, a natural insecticide that's poisonous to humans.

  • Pickle it.
  • Make a slaw out of it.
  • Use it to add crunch and extra vitamins to salads.
  • Serve it like cucumber on vegetable platters or with sushi.
  • Add it to stews, soups, or stir-fries.
  • Cook and mash it like a potato.
  • Cut it into long strips, toss with oil, and french-fry it.

From: Health Benefits of Jicama WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: "Jicama."

Sierra Harvest: "Conquering the fear of jicama!"

EatFresh.org: "Jicama."

University of Illinois Extension: "A unique treat: jicama."

United States Department of Agriculture: "USDA branded food products database."

Utah State University Extension: "Jicama."

Baptist Health: "Jicama vs. potatoes health benefits."

Harvard Health Publishing: "6 ways to enjoy fiber in your diet."

Iowa Department of Public Health: "Jicama."

ECHO Community: "Jicama."

National Center for Home Food Preservation: "Using and Preserving Jicama."

National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Recommended Dietary Allowances and Adequate Intakes, Vitamins."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on July 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: "Jicama."

Sierra Harvest: "Conquering the fear of jicama!"

EatFresh.org: "Jicama."

University of Illinois Extension: "A unique treat: jicama."

United States Department of Agriculture: "USDA branded food products database."

Utah State University Extension: "Jicama."

Baptist Health: "Jicama vs. potatoes health benefits."

Harvard Health Publishing: "6 ways to enjoy fiber in your diet."

Iowa Department of Public Health: "Jicama."

ECHO Community: "Jicama."

National Center for Home Food Preservation: "Using and Preserving Jicama."

National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Recommended Dietary Allowances and Adequate Intakes, Vitamins."

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on July 18, 2019

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