Jicama

One cup of jicama provides 44% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.

Jicama is the root of a plant that produces beans, but the beans of the jicama plant are toxic. It has a papery golden-brown skin and a starchy white interior. Its flesh is juicy and crunchy, with a slightly sweet and nutty flavor. Some think it tastes like a cross between a potato and a pear. Others compare it to a water chestnut. With its mild taste and crunchy texture, it is an excellent addition to any salad.

Jicama originated in Mexico and is still a favorite snack all over the country. Other names for jicama include yam bean, Mexican potato, Mexican water chestnut and Chinese turnip. In Mexico, it is sold from street stands or prepared at home, slathered in lime juice and salt, usually with a lot of chili powder.

1 cup (130 g) of jicamacontains
CARBOHYDRATE12 g
CALORIES49
FAT0.1 g
FIBER6.4 g
PROTEIN1 g
IRON4% RDI
MAGNESIUM4% RDI
MANGANESE4% RDI
POTASSIUM6% RDI
VITAMIN B9 (FOLATE)4% RDI
VITAMIN C44% RDI
Sources: Healthline

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  1. I am cutting one up now. I keep it cut up in my fridge. I use it in salads and stir fries. It’ can be sweet but even if it’s not I love the crunchy texture!

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