Healthy Snacks: Jicama

Published on June 10, 2024

Jicama is a member of the pea family. The vines can grow up trellises and they have the curly tendrils that pea vines have that hold it on the trellis.

Unlike peas, you don’t eat the beans that grow on the vine because they have rotenone in them, a natural insecticide to protect the plant. Rotenone is toxic to humans when too much of it is eaten. The leaves, flowers, beans and vine all contain rotenone. You only eat the root.

The outside the root has a brown thick skin that you cut off. Inside it’s white, and crispy and sweet like an apple

You can cut it in strips and dip them nut butters just like an apple.

Jicama sticks are wonderful just as is to snack on like carrots or celery only tastier.

You can also cut them up for dips or to put in salads.

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Jicama is low in calories and high in minerals and dietary fiber.

Jicama is a rich source of inulin, prebiotic fiber that feeds the good flora in your gut.

Jicama contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and manganese that strengthen bones and its inulin reduces bone loss.

Jicama is 85% water making it juicy and hydrating.

It has vitamin B6, good for brain function, nerves and blood, and vitamin C which is good for your immune system and is an anti-oxident that combats cell damage from toxins resulting in chronic inflammation which can lead to cancer.

It has potassium with helps lower blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels.

It is a good source of natural nitrates which dilate blood vessels improving blood circulation.

Jicama is sweet but has a low glycemic index for those watching their blood sugar.

Using a small knife, remove all the skin all the way down to the crisp white flesh. Then cut as desired. Cleavers work well for cutting into it into sticks.

Photo of jicama vine by antifixus21
Photo of jicama with leaves by eLjeProks
Photo of jicama plant flower by Forest and Kim Starr