Last week I was experiencing a bit of what I call food fatigue. I was bored to death of planning meals, procuring meals, preparing meals… we have to eat every day? Multiple times a day?! It’s exhausting and I was over it. I walked in to the veg stand in a melancholy mood so I made myself shake it up and pick out something new. I’ve written these past posts “know your tropical fruit:” sapodilla, star fruit, and star apple and I would add sorrel to the list of unique produce you should check out. But last week what I grabbed was a jicama. It isn’t the first time I’ve had one, but it will be the last time (I swear it!). I didn’t like it before and I still don’t like it now. Who enjoys this?! I don’t even know what it is- a fruit or a vegetable? It looks like a big a$$ turnip. People have promised me ‘a good one’ can be a fantastic, crunchy yet juicy beach snack. You can put salt and pepper on it, or yogurt, or hot sauce, or any other number of suggestions. You know what I say to that? You can put lipstick on a pig too but it isn’t going to make her pretty.
Jicama is the worst! I told my friend Nina (she runs the Crepes and Churros truck I wrote about here) how disappointed I was in my veg stand decision and she said I needed to slice it thinner. Even if I could slice it thinner than a microscope slide I’d still hate it. She sent me this Jicama, Mango and Cucumber Salad recipe which I told her she’s welcome to serve at my funeral… because over my dead body will I be eating this sad excuse for a salad.
I keep trying to choke down my coarsely cut jicama and I just can’t. You’re probably thinking, “oh come now, it can’t be that bad.” No, it’s not that bad… as far as famine foods go. If I had no other choice for survival, then, sure I would eat jicama. That got me Googling to find out if jicama had notable nutritionally redeeming values. It does, so I’m less angry at it. Read this HealthLine report to see what I mean. It IS a root vegetable (I honestly wasn’t sure) and it’s a low carb, high fiber, vitamin and antioxidant power house. It even has good for your gut prebiotics. Ugh, I wish I liked it!