A root vegetable with a thick, light brown exterior and a white interior. Jicama has a slightly sweet flavor and resembles a potato in texture.
Native to and grows wild in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Spaniards brought jicama to the Philippines from the West Indies in the 17th century. It then became a popular staple in Asian diets.
Jicama has been incorporated into Asian cuisines, sometimes as a substitute for bamboo and water chestnuts when they are unavailable.
“Jicama” from Produce Blue Book https://www.producebluebook.com/know-your-commodity/jicama
New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)