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What Is Jicama And Why Should I Eat It?

by David Louis

Jicama (pronounced hee-cama)is a powerhouse vegetable that can be prepared a slew of different ways or even a "Slaw" of different kinds. It's part of the legume family with the texture of a turnip with a taste that has a hint of apple. It's also known as Yam root, Mexican water chestnut, Mexican Yam bean and a few others including pachyrhizus erosis. You can eat it raw inslawand salads or boil it, bake it, grill it and even cut into french fries. For it's remarkable nutrition information click HERE . It's a great weapon in a weight loss arsenal.

I picked up my first two last week and experimented with them. When preparing Jicama, you slice off the very top & bottom and peel them with a pairing knife. I cut one in 1/2 inch slices, brushed with olive oil and grilled on low heat for 30 minutes per side. A little salt and they were delicious. I'll be adding Mexican spices the next time I grill them.

I cubed the other and roasted them in the oven along with a couple cubed sweetpotatoesand rutabaga.Again, fantastic. I'm thinking it's hard to wreck these things!

This weekend I'm turning them into some healthy oven baked fries and I can't wait to see how those turn out.

So go ahead and play around with your Mexican yam beans and see what healthy dish you can create!