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Nutritionally, one cup of sliced raw jicama has only 46 calories, a whopping 6 grams of fiber, and is a good source of potassium and Vitamin C.
So where do you buy this veg? I usually go to Gentiles (in Newtown Square, PA) to get my jicama, but I believe Whole Foods usually carries them (or a Mexican grocer). You really can't go wrong when picking a jicama, just look for a round tuber with a healthy looking skin (no holes or bruises). The skin is very thin, so it peels off easily. You can store jicama in the fridge in a plastic bag for up to 2 weeks.
As mentioned previously, jicama makes a great dipper for hummus or guacamole, can be added to salads, and if you Google it, you will most definitely come across cole-slaw recipes. I add it to sauteed veggies, use it in soups, and even add to omelets. A traditional Mexican way to eat the veg is to cut it into sticks and toss in lime juice with cayenne pepper.
So, go out and buy a jicama and let me know how you like it!