Mexican Turnip | Jicama اللفت المكسيكي | جيكاما




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اللفت المكسيكي | جيكاما

Jicama, also known as Mexican Turnip, is a multipurpose and nutrient-dense root vegetable native to Mexico.Its slightly sweet flavor makes it a popular choice in various culinary applications. This low-calorie, low-fat vegetable is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C, offering a healthful addition to salads, soups, and stir-fried dishes.

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اللفت المكسيكي | جيكاما

Jicama, emerges as a culinary gem rooted in Mexican and Central American traditions. Its edible root, often referred to as a Mexican Turnip, stands out for its unique attributes. The jicama vine, reaching up to 4–5 meters in height, yields elongated roots weighing up to 20 kilograms. The root, with a yellow papery exterior and creamy white interior, delivers a sweet, starchy flavor reminiscent of apples or raw green beans. Consumed both raw and cooked, jicama finds its place in salads, soups, and stir-fries across various cuisines.

Nutrient Facts:

In 100 grams of Jicama, also known as Mexican Turnip:
· Calories: 38 kcal
· Water: 90 g
· Protein: 0.72 g
· Fat: 0.09 g
· Carbs: 8.82 g
· Sugar: 1.8 g
· Fiber: 4.9 g
Jicama’s health benefits extend to its prebiotic fiber content, promoting gut health, and its potential in blood sugar regulation, making it a suitable choice for individuals with diabetes. However, caution is warranted, as the plant’s seeds contain rotenone, a toxin used in insecticides. To fully savor jicama’s delights, its brown skin should be removed before consumption.

Usage/Culinary Use:

In culinary realms, jicama’s usage spans from raw slices seasoned with salt, lime, or chili powder to inclusion in salads, stir-fries, and soups. Its versatility allows for creative applications, such as substituting it for water chestnuts or incorporating it into Mexican fruit salads.

Storage Tips: 

Proper storage involves keeping jicama dry at temperatures between 12.5 and 15°C (55 and 59°F), ensuring a freshness span of up to 4 months. Refrigeration further extends its shelf life when whole or sliced.

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