Hello JICAMA! (hic-kah-ma)
Have you heard of it? It’s a root vegetable and white in color.
It tastes like a juiceless watermelon. A little crunchy, a little sweet, and plain in flavor similar to water chestnuts.
But it adds the perfect crunch to salsa.
I first heard about jicama when one of my college roommates brought it home from the grocery store. She looked crazy cutting up this oversized looking onion/potato. But, then again, we all seemed crazy because 11 of us were living in one house. It was great :-)
- 1 medium orange, diced
- 1/2 red pepper, diced
- 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
- 1/8 cup red onion, diced
- 3/4 cup jicama, diced and peeled
- 4 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- 3 squeezes of the juice from orange
- 2 squeezes of fresh lime juice
- 1/2 tsp honey
- Dice the orange, red and yellow pepper, onion, and jicama.
- Chop the cilantro.
- Combine these ingredients in a bowl and toss with the orange and lime juice, and honey.
- Serve with chips and tell all your friends about jicama :)
The easiest way to “peel” jicama is to cut it into slices and then chop off the parts with skin still on. A carrot peeler won’t really get the job done, so grab a knife.