What is a jicama? And what can we do with a starfruit? Sometimes when I am at the market I see different fruits and vegetables and I begin to wonder what they might taste like. I pick them up and think about putting them into my shopping cart, but I usually put them back. I’m not scared to try new things, but I am just not sure what to do with them. I have decided to find out what we can make with these unique foods! Won’t you join me?
First of all…..what exactly is a Jicama? Pronounced HEE ka ma/, Also known as the Mexican potato or Mexican turnip, this large crispy root vegetable is crunchy and sweet and can be eaten either raw or cooked. It makes a great addition to salads or can be boiled and baked like a potato, available from May to November.
Here is a lovely fruit salsa using the wonderfully crunchy jicama:
Blueberry Strawberry Jicama Salsa from www.TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com
I love the combination of fruit and veg in this salsa….and you can leave out the jalapeno if you don’t want the heat, of course! The jicama adds lots of cool crunch, too. A totally refreshing snack with a new vegetable! New to me, anyway!
Make sure to scroll to the bottom and check out Kelly, Alex and Soph’s Jicama Sweet Pea Slaw recipe, too–it’s awesome with tuna patties as picture!
Here is another recipe with jicama that I think sounds fabulous:
Jicama Salad with Peanut Curry Sauce from www.Rawmazing.com
A shortcut would be to purchase pre-made peanut curry sauce if you don’t have time to make your own. This salad is also refreshing, delicious, and different! On a hot summer day I think it is worth a try!
Now onto another interesting and exciting food…..the starfruit! Also known as carambola, this yellow fruit becomes a five-pointed star when sliced widthways. Star fruits have a slightly sweet and sour taste. Here is an extremely easy, yet tasty starfruit idea:
Colorful Fruit Kabobs from www.TasteOfHome.com
Because starfruit can be a bit tart, these fruit kabobs are perfect. An intermingling of sweet and sour with a yummy citrus glaze. Doesn’t that sound delicious?!
Star Fruit Chips from www.Epicurious.com
These taste fantastic! A healthy and sweet, crunchy snack, too. Adult supervision and help is a must as there is slicing and oven time involved! I think I would reserve the syrup after straining the starfruit for pancakes or crepes……yumm!!
Well I don’t know about you, but I am so happy that we gave these different foods a try! You just never know how wonderful a new food can be until you try it. A sense of adventure can lead you down new and exciting paths. I am definitely going to keep an eye out for fruits and vegetables that are new to me the next I venture out to the farmers market. And you can bet that I will share my cooking adventures with you!
Keep your mind and your kitchen open!