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Old 08-12-2014, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I've recently revisited jicama, and I really think it is a fabulous vegetable. Zero calories and a bunch of crunch.
I think it should be more popular than cucumber, since it keeps for weeks in the fridge and provides so much satisfying crunch to anything you add it to. I slice it and use it for dips and spreads as a substitute for chips and crackers.
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, Makiki
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I'm a fan of jicama! It makes refreshing slaws and salads. It's also a better subsitute for canned water chestnuts. I could never learn how to cook Chinese food from my parents, because nothing was ever measured. It was always a pinch of that, a spoonful of this.

Then about 15 years ago, I found a wonderful Chinese cookbook that really taught me how to cook great tasting Chinese food and the author said to use fresh jicama if fresh water chestnuts were unavailable because it will taste better than the canned ones in prepared Chinese dishes.
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:32 PM
 
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I like it too but rarely buy it now. My grocer seems to only get in the very large bulbs and since not many people buy them, it is hard to use up before it goes bad. It is one of the special things I buy when I know I will have a crowd to feed.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:01 PM
 
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Cook some up with cinnamon and a touch of sugar and it almost tastes like baked apples.

I'm a fan.
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:53 AM
 
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Cook some up with cinnamon and a touch of sugar and it almost tastes like baked apples.

I'm a fan.
I never knew that! I used to love eating it raw, with onion or ranch dip. Used to be able to find it pre-cut in packages, then it disappeared.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I am, make a tasty shrimp salad with it. Hard to find in my area, and needs to be used quickly, does not hold up well.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Cook some up with cinnamon and a touch of sugar and it almost tastes like baked apples.

I'm a fan.
Seriously?!! I think the texture is so much like an apple that that makes perfect sense.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I am, make a tasty shrimp salad with it. Hard to find in my area, and needs to be used quickly, does not hold up well.
Really? I've had a big one in the crisper (unwrapped) for a few weeks now, and it's still fine. I just cut off a hunk every few days.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I've recently revisited jicama, and I really think it is a fabulous vegetable. Zero calories and a bunch of crunch.
I think it should be more popular than cucumber, since it keeps for weeks in the fridge and provides so much satisfying crunch to anything you add it to. I slice it and use it for dips and spreads as a substitute for chips and crackers.
Well I wouldn't say more popular than cukes but I too think it is a great veggie and goes well in many salads. It is funny, I hardly ever think of buying and using it. When we lived in So. Ca you could see it everywhere, both on salad bars and in the grocery stores. Here we rarely see it except in the Mexican markets. We didn't see it much even in TX and NM. I might add, many people do not realize what a high population of Mexicans we have in NWA. Now you have brought it back to my attention, I think tomorrow, when we are out doing our shopping at Aldi's, Sams and wherever, I will make a quick trip to the Mexican market.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:46 AM
 
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I love raw jicama, but there are a decent amount of calories in it.
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