Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jicama With Lime & Spices

Cool, crispy, juicy, crunchy, slightly sweet...these are just a few words to describe jicama pronounced "hikamaa."

It's easy to prepare. Just peel the skin, cut it into pieces, squeeze some lime and add your favorite spice, whether it's cayenne, habanero, cajun spices or something else. Delicious & nutritious!

Here are some nutritional benefits of jicama.

"Jicama health benefits are numerous because it is low in calories and an excellent source of fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, and vitamins C and E. In fact, 1 cup of jicama contains nearly 6 grams of fiber. Jicama helps keep your cholesterol levels under control and may help protect against heart disease. Eating jicama also helps boost your immune system, promotes healthy bones, and protects against colds and flu."
More about jicama..."Jicama belongs to the legume or bean family (Fabaceae). It is a popular dietary staple in Latin America and widely grown in Mexico and Central America. There are many names for Jicama including: the Mexican potato, Mexican yam bean, ahipa, saa got, Chinese turnip, lo bok, and the Chinese potato."


Kamal said...

I really need to change my diet.Who sells these in DC?

Ixchel said...

You can get them at Whole Foods, Yes and most Latino grocery stores.