jicama (Pachyrhizus erosus)

  • Another common name for this plant is "Mexican turnip"
  • The plant belongs to a genus of plants known as "yam beans". It originated in Mexico.
  • Jicama is grown for its edible tuberous root. The root is about the size of a large swede. It's firm and sweet, with a good juice content. It's great eaten raw in salads.