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Saturday, 02 February 2013 15:08

What is a Jicama? How Do I Use It?

Written by Ashley C.

jicamaA jicama, pronounced heecamah, is a root vegetable native to Central America. It has a slightly sweet taste and a crispy texture similar to a water chestnut. Jicamas are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Jicama is commonly used in Asian dishes or coupled with citrus fruits in salads, salsas, and chutneys. Below you will find a delicious way to incorporate jicamas into your winter meal planning! This recipe can be used as a dip with baked chips or served on top of baked fish or chicken.

Source: USDA nutrient data laboratory, (recipe)

Clean Eating Winter Jicama Salsa



  • 1 small jicama, peeled and chopped

  • 1 medium pear, peeled and chopped

  • 1 large pomegranate, de-seeded
  • 1/2 large cucumber, peeled and chopped

  • 1/4 red onion, chopped

  • 1/2 large green apple, chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper (optional)

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Chop everything except the pomegranate seeds as fine as you can and mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Refrigerate over night and serve.


NOTE: If your fruit is not very sweet, you may want to add a touch of honey to this.

pear pomegranate cucumber red onion


Last modified on Monday, 06 January 2014 16:57

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