As you may know we belong to Misfits which has been great help during these times. * If you decide to try use this code we both get a discount. COOKWME-FG1DCQ and when I saw the Jicama as a choice this week In grabbed it. It had been awhile since we discovered so i tried the ole faithful slaw and then tried chips and fries. I recently had made sweet potato chips so figure what the heck.
Jicama (HEE-kah-ma), sometimes referred to as yam bean, Mexican turnip, or Mexican potato, is an edible root vegetable native to Mexico.
The vines of the jicama plant can grow up to 20 feet in length, but the leaves and seeds are actually toxic. The root is the only edible portion of the entire plant—the tough brown skin that gives way to juicy, white flesh on the inside. The flavor is sweet and starchy—think of a cross between a water chestnut and an apple.
Many call jicama a superfood, equating it with kale, acai berries, and quinoa. Jicama, along with sunchokes, packs a prebiotic called inulin, a big contributor to a healthier gut. In addition, jicama is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Lastly, jicama is naturally low in calories, making it a smart starchy substitute for those watching their weight.
Salad or slaw depending on what you want to call it
- 1 large jicama (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, then julienned or cubed (easiest to work with if you cut the jicama in half first)
- 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
- 1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1/2 a large cucumber, seeded, chopped (optional)
- 1 navel orange, peel cut away, sliced crosswise, then each round quartered
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- Pinch of cayenne
- Pinch of paprika
Toss together the jicama, bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, orange, and cilantro in a large serving bowl.
Pour lime juice over all. Sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne and paprika. Season generously with salt.
2 Let sit a half an hour before serving.
Fries and Chips
Tried these in oven and Air-Fryer watch closely they will burn quickly
These are best served warm but did reheat nicely. You won’t get them super crispy but they good.
- 16 ounces Jicama, peeled and cut into medium sized fries (1 pound)
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
- 1/8 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/8 teaspoon Paprika
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a small bowl, combine spices. Gently toss the jicama fries with the oil and lime juice, then sprinkle with the spice blend.
- Spread fries evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until fries are golden.
- Serve immediately – they taste best hot out of the oven.
same as above but watch closely and I turned half way through both methods. Oh the oven I made on a rack and used convection