Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Jicama
Jicama is loaded
with vitamin C, an essential vitamin our bodies
seek and jicama can be both nutritious and
delicious when juiced alone and with other
ingredients. Sometimes called Mexican potato, this root
vegetable has a mildly sweet flavour and a crisp, moist
texture. It looks something like a cross between a potato
and a turnip, with a thin brown skin, a round, turnip-like
form and tail, and smooth white flesh. Here are a few of
the questions we attempt to answer about Jicama.
- What vitamins in Jicama make Jicama so good
- What is the best method for juicing Jicama?
- What are some great buying tips for Jicama?
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about Jicama that you might not find so easily elsewhere
on the Internet.
Let's begin our exploration of
Vitamins and Minerals
Found in Jicama
Jicama are probably best known for being loaded
with calcium and phosphorus, but they can also be a great
source of vitamin C.
Vitamins in Jicama
- Vitamin C
- Trace amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Thiamin,
Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B, Folate and Pantothenic
Minerals in Jicama
Crisp and juicy with a flavor and texture similar to those
of water chestnuts, the next time you think about Jicama...
think about how they might add a powerful boost to your daily
nutrition through juicing.
Juicing Tips for
Juicing jicama can add both flavor and
valuable nutrients to most any home-juiced cocktail.
Here are a few tips for juicing jicama
that may help turn your juicing experience into something you
look forward to and thoroughly enjoy.
Traditionally, jicama juice was used both for
upset stomachs and also as a drink for treating
Personally, I like to combine jicama with carrot, apple,
and/or celery juices... sometimes even parsley. (Jicama can
also be juiced with pears which can be soothing for those
suffering from hemorrhoids.) Check our juicing
section for some awesome recipes using this vegetable.
The tough outer skin should be peeled before eating (try
sliced jicamas in salads) but the skin can stay on when
Be sure to wash them thoroughly with a safe, biodegradable
fruit and vegetable wash before juicing.
for Buying Jicama
If you are unable to grow your own Jicama, then
here are a few tips for buying Jicama that may help
you get the freshest ingredients. We'll also include a few
storing tips for Jicama that you might find
Jicamas should be firm, free of soft spots and bruising and
have dry roots.
Jicama can often grow to be quite large, but when they grow
too large they convert their sugars to starch and can be quite
woody. You want to look for jicama about the size of two fists
Store jicamas as you would potatoes, in a cool area. When
refrigerated, jicama can keep for up to 2 weeks.
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about
jicama, as well as a few helpful links if you want to
explore jicama further.
Jicama, yam bean, Mexican potato, or Mexican
turnip (Pachyrhizus erosus) has been eaten in Central America
for many centuries, and is now common in U.S. stores.
Pronounced "HEE-ka-ma," this tough-skinned root
vegetable is native to Mexico and the rest of Central
Even though it resembles a turnip, the jicama
and the turnip are not relatives in the plant kingdom. Jicama
actually belongs to the legume or bean family
In addition to having a unique flavor and
texture, jicama also soaks up flavor well, making jicama a
popular vegetable for culinary experimentation. Jicama also
make a great substitute for water chestnuts in Chinese
dishes/recipes. As they do not discolor when exposed to air,
jicamas are popular items on most vegetable platters.
Being loaded with vitamin C and fat-free,
jicamas make a great on-the-go snack.
Try shredding beets, jicama and carrots and
combining them with your favorite dressing for a delicious
salad extremely rich in antioxidants.
Nutrition Facts and Data - Yambean (jicama),
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"Juicing" and our "Smoothies"
sections for delicious recipes and more using