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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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Inside, families dig into fresh-from-the-steamer tamales and sorbet-like nieves, made in-house in flavors like mango, jicama and watermelon. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Twilight Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Refreshments in Sunset Park to Follow.," 26 June 2019 According to a news release, the restaurant will feature four new menu items during this year’s celebration, including Pork Belly Tacos, with jicama and red cabbage slaw and a green chile pineapple pico, served on blue corn tortillas. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "31st annual Green Chile Festival heads to Houston-area Chuy’s restaurants," 1 Aug. 2019 The hirame tiradito tops raw fluke with cooked crab meat and a soy-sweetened leche de tigre; the tuna offers bright-red fish against a vivid-green cilantro-serrano sauce, topped with white jicama cubes. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Reviews: Stephanie Izard’s Cabra and Chris Pandel’s Cira make Hoxton a dining destination," 28 June 2019 In the vegetable garden, plant seed for beets, carrots, celeriac, celery, collards, endive, fennel, jicama, kale, leaf lettuce, mustard, peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Spring fever? Get to work," 23 Mar. 2018 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

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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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