Lynn Gardner: Eating the Alphabet: J is for Jicama


6.15.2013

Eating the Alphabet: J is for Jicama

I've known for months now that I wanted to use jicama in June's Eating the Alphabet Challenge. My local Price Chopper carries containers of jicama sticks in its prepared produce section and, every time I reach for the snap peas, I'd see them and think "Gonna make something fabulous with you soon!" But when I finally bought them (and a whole unprocessed jicama for kicks) I wondered what I would do with it. Yes, months of looking forward to eating jicama ... zero planning for actually cooking with it.

Jicama 2 Ways
Jicama two ways

So I made a fruit salad. (It's Father's Day Weekend. We're having a picnic. I planned on serving banana cream pie for dessert, but my mother is allergic to bananas. What to serve as secondary dessert? Well, I had lots of berries. And jicama. And mint. And limes ...)

Jicama-Berry Salad
Berrylicious!

Jicama Fruit Salad
Serves 6

Ingredients
6 oz jicama cubes (thumbnail-sized)
6 oz blackberries
6 oz raspberries
9 oz chopped strawberries
¼ oz fresh mint, sliced into thin ribbons
Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
Ground cinnamon, if desired
Honey or sugar, if desired.

Directions
Add all ingredients to a medium serving bowl. Stir gently to combine. (If your berries aren't very sweet, you might want to add a little honey or sugar at this point).

Let stand 15 minutes for flavors to blend or refrigerate for a few hours.

Serve dusted with cinnamon, if desired.
What does jicama taste like? A lot like nothing. It's crunchy like an under-ripe pear or water chestnut, but it really doesn't taste like anything. Works brilliantly at picking up surrounding flavors, though -- The Husband picked most of the jicama out of his serving of fruit salad as he said it had "gone all minty!"



3 comments :

  1. Ooh, I love the idea of doing berries with the jicama. We really liked how the flavor was similar to a un-ripe pear. I bet it would be great with the other fruit and a pinch of cinnamon!

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  2. That sounds really good, although I detect you are not in love with jicama (just "like"). I and J were two tough letters, weren't they? =)

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  3. This looks positively wonderful! Last year I tried jicama for the first time for the challenge and have since found I really like it! It's great with dips. I like the idea of combining it with berries for a bit of crunch in a fruit salad. I think this would even be a great dish for the 4th of July--so festive looking!

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