Wednesday, April 11, 2012

J is for Jicama

Eating: Jicama is kind of a weird thing.  Pronounced "HIK -ah-mah", it's a root vegetable that looks kind of like a potato.  Some woman at a Weight Watchers meeting I was at a few years ago described its taste as "like a stale apple" but I think she is full of crap.  If I may opine.  It has a slightly sweet taste, and the crunch of a good crisp apple.  I like to eat it raw and serve with a tasty spinach dip.  Peel the thick skin off,  cut into strips and serve.  Apparently it is high in Vitamin C, and can be tasty in salads as well.  And no one ever had to go to Weight Watchers from eating too much jicama.

Here is my dip recipe.  There is a friend of mine who I think only comes to my parties and perhaps is only my friend because I serve this dip. (I may be exaggerating - she is one of my best friends and we get together many times when spinach dip is not involved.)  It can be made no-fat and tastes just as good that way.  Dip away.  And try some jicama today.

Spinach Dip
Combine in a bowl: 2 C sour cream (can also use plain yogurt), 1 package Knorr Leek Soup mix (could also use another brand but I have only ever seen this made by Knorr), 1 package frozen spinach (cook and DRAIN WELL). Can also add some chopped water chestnuts though I find them a little hard to dip. Stir well; refrigerate until serving.  Best when made the night before so the flavors have time to marry and the dry soup mix isn't crunchy. 

Until we eat again,
Hallie


8 comments:

Sylvia Ney said...

Interesting. I've never heard of this root.

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janaki nagaraj said...

I think this is not available in India too. Seems good.

thelmaz said...

Stopping by from the challenge. Signing up to follow. I love jicama and your dip recipe sounds yummy. Hope you'll visit back.

Danielle L Zecher said...

That dip sounds really good. I'm so glad you posted about jicama; I've seen it called for recipes, but never really knew what it was before now.

acommonsea said...

Where would you find Jicama? I'm positive my market doesn't carry it. Maybe the organic market? Or a specialty one?

~Lynn

Jo said...

"But I think she's full of crap." ha!

Well I laughed!

P.S. I think your RSS feed works now! :)

Editor and Publisher Shelly Burke said...

Stopping by for the A to Z Challenge and glad I did--I'm trying jicama the next time I see it in the grocery store! I've seen it but now after your comments about the taste, I'm excited to try it.

P.S. Your spinach dip recipe made me hungry...

Hallie said...

Thank you all for your comments and for stopping by. I had no idea jicama would be such a popular post! As for where to find it, I buy it at my regular big-box grocery store. They don't carry a whole lot of it but it is near things like tomatillas, English cucumber, gingerroot and other random things. It also appears to have other names, but from my Google search, it looks like the Spaniards brought it to a lot of areas of the world. Seek it out and give it a try.

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