Jicama: The other white, starchy tuber you need to know. Popular in Mexican cuisine, this crunchy, refreshing root vegetable is a lot like a potato but best eaten raw. Don't be daunted by the thought of preparing it; jicama is easy. When shopping, look for medium-size roots that are brown, hard and a little shiny. Scrub them, peel them, then slice and enjoy them in anything from crispy salads to creamy guacamole. Here are seven excellent recipes that will kick-start your love for jicama:
1. Jicama Salad
To keep the jicama crisp in this simple, refreshing salad, star chef Tom Colicchio suggests you start with a very firm root and cut the julienne a bit thicker than you usually would.
2. Pineapple-Jicama Salsa
This sweet-and-tart salsa is nicely cooling with fiery pork.