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    I have a consultant on my team who wants to try the new salsa but cannot find jicama any where close to her. What should I suggest instead?

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    Someone in my cluster suggested an Asian Pear. Water chestnuts are the right kind of texture, but not the right flavor.

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    I was also going to suggest some type of pear. I think an Asian Pear would work just fine

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    So jicama is sweet? I remember seeing it at one store here, but I haven't found it again yet!

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    Yep, it's crunchy like a water chestnut, but it is sweet. So delicious!

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    I thought of it as a crunchy "sweet" potato - like a cross of a potato and an apple.

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    Quote Quote by wadesgirl View Post
    I thought of it as a crunchy "sweet" potato - like a cross of a potato and an apple.
    We must have bad jicama here as I never noticed a sweet taste. It tastes dry to me, in fact I have thought that water chestnuts would be a good substitute. Interesting. Maybe it IS my tastebuds.

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    I have never found what I consider to be a good one in Boise either.

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    asian pears and granny smith apples are the best substitutes. If you don't want as sweet, radishes or water chestnuts work best.

    Asian pears can be quite pricey though, so I usually use the granny smith if jicama isn't available.

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    Isn't the Granny Smith rather tart?

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    yes. Jicama isn't really sweet. It's got a very slight sweetness to it. So hard to describe. I just find that the granny smith is the most reliable flavor wise as a raw substitute. When a recipe calls for cooked jicama and you can't find it, I use water chestnuts.

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    Great info., Thank you!

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    I used a red delicious apple the other day and it was a bit too sweet, so I think a granny smith might work great.

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    So thankful for this thread! Last night my host was so proud that she was able to find a jicama. Went to prep it and it was ...a rutabaga!!!
    Fortunately she had an apple and all was well!
    Live and learn

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    Quote Quote by loreo View Post
    So thankful for this thread! Last night my host was so proud that she was able to find a jicama. Went to prep it and it was ...a rutabaga!!!
    Fortunately she had an apple and all was well!
    Live and learn
    Oops!! Did you try it to see a difference?

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    Grocery stores to try:
    Walmart
    Any Mexican Grocery store (I drove all over and it just dawned on me that there is a Mexican Grocery store next door)

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    Quote Quote by amyscookinggear View Post
    Grocery stores to try:
    Walmart
    Any Mexican Grocery store (I drove all over and it just dawned on me that there is a Mexican Grocery store next door)
    She sort of live out in the middle of now where and did try the closest WalMart to her.

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    Quote Quote by wadesgirl View Post
    Oops!! Did you try it to see a difference?
    I didn't. I've not been feeling well ( gall bladder I think ) and didn't want to risk it. Everyone else loved it though!

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    I've made the salsa twice without the jicama or a substitute, and it was still delicious. My DH loved it so much that he bought 2 mangoes, the largest red onion I've ever seen, and about 6 jalapenos at the store today so I could make a batch for him before I left town for the week. HAHAHA- he didn't know how much of anything was in it.

    I'd be curious how it tastes with a Granny Smith.

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