Sunday, June 13

Jicama: the other white tuber

What the heck is jicama? Sounds like hiccup but don't be fooled: you are bound to love this new root vegetable. Related to the turnip, jicama is a delightful tuber with a light and refreshing flavor. The jicama, while native to Mexico, can be grown right here in Wisconsin. In fact, last summer I was fortunate enough to sample some at our farmer's market! This root vegetable is the perfect addition to a salad or can be cooked with spices like cumin or chili powder.

We enjoyed jicama raw, and cut into slices, dipped into lime-sour cream. To make lime-sour cream, simply add the juice of 1/2 lime to 1 cup of sour cream and stir. This was the perfect addition to our dinner of enchiladas! Light and refreshing.
So if you are interested in trying jicama this summer, keep your eyes peeled at the local farmer's market. Otherwise, you can sometimes find jicama in the produce section at the grocery store. If you cannot find it at your usual grocer, check out your local Mexican grocer and you will surely find it in plentiful amounts!

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