What is Jicama? Have You Heard of Starfruit?

Posted by Danielle


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?

0903p22-jicama-mFirst 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!

starfruitNow 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!

Aunt Dani

Two Kids Cooking Jicama Sweet Pea Slaw

Two Kids Cooking Jicama Sweet Pea Slaw


  • 3 Cups Jicama, julienned an sliced into 3 inch pieces
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup sweet peas, chopped
  • Dressing
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Tsp freshly grated ginger


  • First you'll want to peel your jicama with a vegetable peeler. Since it's kind of an odd shape for peeling, it's probably best to have an older child help with this, or one that is an expert peeler.
  • Next, slice your jicama into thin slices, so you can easily julieanne it. (Julienne is to cut a vegetable into long, thin strips).
  • Make sure your julienned jicama is about 3 inches long to help when it gets eaten 😀
  • To prepare the sweet peas, once they've been washed, we like to first trim the ends of of each side with a knife. Then a young assistant with knife skills can chop them up into about 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Cut the root part of your green onions (just the roots though, not the white part!) and then chop them up, too.
  • A younger assistant can help toss of the veggies into a bowl.
  • Then, the younger helper can help measure each of the ingredients for the dressing into a bowl, whisk it together and then pour it over the veggies.
  • Stir the dressing into the veggies so they're well coated. Then cover the slaw up and let it sit in the fridge for at least 1/2 hour before enjoying.

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  1. Heather @ French Press Says:

    YUM! sounds wonderful

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    […] Jicama Sweet Pea Slaw – If you’ve never tried jicama, this is a good recipe to experiment with.  We’d actually never had jicama before either.  We just decided to buy some and play with it.  This recipe is the result of the experimentations. […]

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