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Posted by: Don, Friday, February 2, 2007, 5:58pm
I had my first jicama this week. :B

I tried frying some thin slices in ghee, but ate most of it raw. It was good and my younger son liked it too. I am not sure if my older son liked it or not.  :-/

What are your favorite ways of eating jicamas?  
Posted by: Debra+, Friday, February 2, 2007, 6:27pm; Reply: 1
Jicama-my first experience having it was in a sandwich (pre-BTD) and it was one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten.  That first jicama was the best one I have had.  Since then, I have tried others, but they were probably too old or too big.   More woody-like.   Now when I can find it (which hasn't been since 2005) I use it as a bread.  Lola had mentioned slicing it quite thin and using it like a tortilla or was it taco shell.  I think either would be great...just haven't found any around to try it that way.   I also posted a recipe on the recipebase called "Colache" which was originally made with corn.  Because of the crispy sweetness of the jicama it fits well.    I prefer to eat it raw.  :)

Debra :)
Posted by: Don, Friday, February 2, 2007, 6:35pm; Reply: 2
I think the reason I decide to buy the jicama the other day was because it looked different/fresher then others that I had seen before. It did seem very fresh. It was very crisp, moist, and sweet. Both of my sons' first commented that it was sort of like an apple. I thought that was a good comparison.

How do you use them raw? In salads or just by themselves? Do you think they would be good with a particular kind of dip?
Posted by: Beouemom, Friday, February 2, 2007, 6:52pm; Reply: 3
Pre BTD it came in a salad with mandarin oranges.  Now I serve it like carrot sticks or in chunks with grapes.   Yes the fresh, crispy ones taste better to me too.  
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, February 2, 2007, 6:59pm; Reply: 4
I've cut them in long strips about 1/2" per side.  Very crunchy and moist when fresh.  They taste, to me, like a water chestnut does (sorta) when it's steamed for a few minutes.
Posted by: Beouemom, Friday, February 2, 2007, 11:26pm; Reply: 5
tastes like fresh peas right out of the garden to me.  My kids, (who don't like it) say it tastes like dirt!!  :-)  
Posted by: Jill N, Friday, February 2, 2007, 11:54pm; Reply: 6
Where do you get this Jicama?  I've never heard of or seen it before.  My whole, organic, natural food store options are somewhat limited, but I think I'm going to try to find this.  It sounds good!
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, February 3, 2007, 12:27am; Reply: 7
yes to all of the above!

great in stir fries, great in relish, shredded, great as finger food with compliant dips, the tortilla idea Debra remembered me mentioning, too.
I have my grocer peel it and cut it up in paper thin slices.......with his cold meat and cheese slicer.

he likes to pamper me!!!  lol

I've also added chunks of jicama to root veggie bakes....etc.
Posted by: jayney-O (Guest), Saturday, February 3, 2007, 1:10am; Reply: 8
matchstick cut are great in salad. I used to love them dipped into guacomole. (boo hoo) But would be great with hummus!
Posted by: Laura P, Saturday, February 3, 2007, 1:11am; Reply: 9
wow, is it good cooked I love it raw but have never tried it cooked
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, February 3, 2007, 1:15am; Reply: 10
it is just like water chestnut, as KK mentioned.
Posted by: Debra+, Saturday, February 3, 2007, 5:35am; Reply: 11
Quoted from jayney-O
matchstick cut are great in salad. I used to love them dipped into guacomole. (boo hoo) But would be great with hummus!


Yeah...I could do that...sorry jayney-O.   All I need to do is find some though. ;)

Lola...ha...paper thin slices...I was wondering how it would go as a tortilla.  hmmmm...I will have to talk to my butcher. ;)

Debra :)

Posted by: Lola, Saturday, February 3, 2007, 6:13am; Reply: 12
;)you can soften the slices a bit by passing them through a hot pan on both sides with a bit of ghee or oil added.........they become more pliable.
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