ji·​ca·​ma | \ ˈhē-kə-mə \

Definition of jicama

: an edible starchy tuberous root of a tropical American vine (Pachyrhizus erosus) of the legume family that is eaten raw or cooked

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Selections include the spicy avocado roll; crunchy shrimp roll; and the lobster tobanjan, with jicama, mango, Fresno chiles and soy paper. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 Or get chicken lettuce wraps with a mixture of ground chicken cooked with diced celery, jicama, crispy fried shallots and pungent hoisin sauce. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "This Thai family is spreading the love with a new South Miami restaurant," 24 Jan. 2018 The regular lunch on a recent day consisted of a large serving of rice and beans; carne asada; cooked squash and corn; a salad of lettuce, carrots and jicama; tortillas; and optional flan for dessert. James Wagner, New York Times, "A Nightmare for Mexico’s Soccer Opponents: More Chuckys On the Way," 27 June 2018 All entrees are served with a bread basket and an unusually creative dinner salad of seven greens with pickled ginger, sliced jicama and toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Pair game meat and period cocktails in Colorado," 13 June 2018 Even guest of honor Jeremy Irons helped himself to generous serving of Milk Duds in between bites of the actual dinner (a jicama and avocado salad and roasted sea bream). Vogue, "Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Irons and More Attend BAM's Gala," 31 May 2018 Take the pulpo al pastor, octopus marinated in spices found in pork al pastor, paired with a chile morita salsa, jicama pineapple salad and avocado salsa verde. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Just Opened: Octavio Cantina & Kitchen cuisine inspired by traditions of Mexican region," 16 Mar. 2018 Combine chiles and juices, wheat berries, bell pepper, jicama, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, minced garlic, black beans, salt and pepper in a large bowl; stir well. Lucy Saunders, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cooking 101: New Marquette classes aim to raise students' kitchen GPA," 27 Apr. 2018 Plant seeds for lima and snap beans, beets, carrots, celery, chard, cucumbers, endive, fennel, jicama, melons, mustard, okra, potatoes, radish, soybeans, spinach, summer and winter squash, turnips and watermelon. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Get your green thumbs into high gear | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of jicama

1602, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jicama

Mexican Spanish jícama, from Nahuatl xīcamatl

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