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I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hee-Kah-Mah...........Jicama

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A girlfriend of mine turned me on to this glorious root back in the seventies and I have loved it ever since. I have had it in a variety of ways but the majority of the time I eat it as a snack (recipe below). The only thing I sometimes change is using lime instead of lemon or I may leave out the chili powder. It’s a great low- cal snack. Jicama is mostly water, Jicama is high in Vitamin C, low in sodium, low in fat and has only 45 calories per cup. I think it tastes like a cross between a water chestnut, potato and a pear with a really nice crunchy texture. It’s a terrific little vegetable and easy to find in most produce sections. Try Jicama in salads, Jicama is especially good mixed with certain fruits especially oranges. You may also cook Jicama just treat it in the same way as you would a potato.

Jicama Snack

1 Jicama
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder

Peel Jicama, cut into slices, sticks or cubes, arrange slices on serving plate. Drizzle with lemon juice, sprinkle with salt and chili powder, best when chilled.
I put them in a Ziploc bag or plastic container and take them with me; they are a great on the go snack.

10 comments:

Deborah said...

I've had jicama in salads before, but have never eaten it as a snack. I'm gonna look for some today when I go shopping!

Julie said...

They are addictive Deborah just like potato chips....only without the guilt.

Fearless Kitchen said...

This is great! I've had jicama in restaurants, but I've never done much with it at home. It looks like a great snack or even a very light side dish.

Catherine Wilkinson said...

It's an overlooked ingredient! I use diced jicama in a Southwestern Thanksgiving stuffing! Gives a nice crunch to all that soft bread stuff!

Julie said...

It's a wonderful snack fearless Kitchen.

Julie said...

That's a great idea Catherine, I will have to try that.

Chris said...

I, too, have had jicama out but never bought it. This is such a simple snack!

Chris said...

You have an award waiting on you...

http://melecotte.blogspot.com/2008/04/bruschetta-is-excellent.html

:)

Julie said...

Thank you Chris

Julie said...

You'll love Jicama as a snack Chris