Jicama is a starchy root vegetable similar to a potato or turnip.
Jicama is low in calories and sugar, very low in fat and protein, and high in fiber. A single 100 g serving of raw jicama contains:
- 38 calories
- 8.82 g of carbohydrates
- 1.80 g of sugar
- 0.09 g of fat
- 0.72 g of protein
- 4.90 g of fiber
- 150 mg of potassium
- 12 mg of calcium
- 20.20 mg of vitamin C
Eaten raw, jicama tastes similar to an uncooked potato but slightly juicier and sweeter.
A person can use jicama to add flavor and texture to a variety of dishes. Try adding it to a Mexican fruit salad or thinly slicing it to give some crunch to a vegetable salad.
Some other, easy ways to prepare jicama include:
- thinly slicing the jicama, sprinkling it with sea salt and lime juice, and serving on top of avocado
- sautéing it and tossing with other vegetables, such as broccoli and carrots
- using it as a substitute for water chestnuts in a stir-fry
- Cut them up to make your own version of fries
Here is what I did to make my jicama fries
- Cut up the jicama into fries but make thin because the thick ones took longer to bake.
- I used my air fryer at 375 for 1 hour and kept mixing the fries
The seasonings I used is olive oil, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning and parsley. It came out delicious and a great way to substitute potatoes. I will be using the jicama for other recipes like in beef stew to see if it works out the same way
Enjoy and let me know how your jicama fries turn out.