Jicama

Jicama (pronounced Hicama) is an amazingly healthy root vegetable that is low in calories and high in fiber and vitamin C. A relative of the common potato, jicama is a popular dietary staple in Mexico and Central America. Not surprisingly, jicama is also known as the Mexican potato, Mexican yam bean and the Chinese turnip. Jicama has brownish skin and is shaped like turnip or a large radish. Its cruncy texture makes it a good substitute for water chestnut. Peeling the skin reveals its white flesh which tastes like a milder version of an apple or pear. Unlike apples, it does not discolor ..

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