Would a yam bean by any other name taste as sweet?
No matter what you call it—Mexican potato, chop suey yam, Juicy Root, poison-pea tuber—(okay, I made those last two up), jicama is a refreshing, crunchy veggie treat.
Fleshy root of a plant that's a member of the pea family, jicama (pronounced HEE-ka-ma) is about as happy-go-lucky as a veggie can get, with a mellow disposition and a texture similar to that of a ripe apple—crisp and juicy, without the slightest hint of mealiness. Peeled and sliced, jicama is tasty out of hand, but it also plays well with others, melding seamlessly into salads both savory and sweet. What's not to love about a veggie so laid-back and versatile?
Funny you should ask: like so many who put on innocent airs, jicama actually harbors a dark secret...