What the FLIK is…jicama?

You may remember us mentioning jicama last October in our Functional Foods of Central and South America post, but aside from being a functional food…what the FLIK is it? We’re diving into this root vegetable a little bit more for you and giving you a few creative ideas on how to enjoy it. 

What the FLIK is…jicama?

Sometimes referred to as a Mexican potato, jicama is a starchy, crisp root vegetable that is most frequently enjoyed raw. It has the texture of a pear-meets potato-meets unsweetened apple. It’s a little watery, but also has a ton of crunch.

Is it healthy?

Jicama is low in sugar and carbohydrates and is considered a good source of fiber. According to the USDA, 1 cup of jicama has 6 grams of fiber and only 49 calories.

How do I eat it?

Jicama is generally enjoyed peeled, cut into matchsticks and eaten raw. A native to Mexico and Central America, it’s commonly sold on the street, seasoned with lime juice and chili powder.

May we suggest enjoying it as an alternative to carrot sticks – delicious on its own, with a dip or tossed over your salad. The crunchy texture also makes for a great slaw – add in shredded cabbage, avocado, even a mango for a burger or taco topping. 


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