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Jicama substitute?

Discussion in 'Recipes and Tips' started by wadesgirl, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Gold Member

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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?
     
  2. babywings76

    babywings76 Gold Member

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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.
     
  3. loreo

    loreo Banned

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    I was also going to suggest some type of pear. I think an Asian Pear would work just fine :)
     
  4. mountainmama74

    mountainmama74 Gold Member

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    So jicama is sweet? I remember seeing it at one store here, but I haven't found it again yet!
     
  5. babywings76

    babywings76 Gold Member

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

    wadesgirl Gold Member

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    I thought of it as a crunchy "sweet" potato - like a cross of a potato and an apple.
     
  7. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Gold Member

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    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.
     
  8. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton

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    I have never found what I consider to be a good one in Boise either.
     
  9. Brenda.the.chef

    Brenda.the.chef Gold Member

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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.
     
  10. loreo

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    Isn't the Granny Smith rather tart?
     
  11. Brenda.the.chef

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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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    heather223 Gold Member

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    Great info., Thank you!
     
  13. lesliec

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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 ;)
     
  15. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Gold Member

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    Oops!! Did you try it to see a difference?
     
  16. amyscookinggear

    amyscookinggear Gold Member

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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)
     
  17. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Gold Member

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    She sort of live out in the middle of now where and did try the closest WalMart to her.
     
  18. lt1jane

    lt1jane Gold Member

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    ALL of Iowa for the most part is in the middle of nowhere...

    I was born and raised there so I have personal experience and am not just dissing the state. I was born in Maquoketa, lived in Clinton for a year, moved to Britt, and spent my Jr High and High School years in Cedar Rapids. I am proud to say that I am FROM Iowa (but it does mean I left... ;) )
     
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    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!
     
  20. esavvymom

    esavvymom Staff Member

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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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    I used Granny Smith in mine today and it was delicious (and I forgot the jalpeno! and refuse to put cilantro in it.)
     
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    We were introduced to Jicama on our trip to Mexico last fall. They consider it like a potato, serve it raw, in wedges with lime and salt on it. I had a waiter bring one to me so I'd know what it was. I never thought of it as being sweet, but is a great snack for kids.
     
  23. pchockeymom

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    I made it the other day but couldn't find the jicama (always forget how to pronounce it too). I added pineapple instead and it was FABULOUS!!!
     
  24. wadesgirl

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    I guess when I say sweet I mean it reminds me a lot of a potato but has a little bit of a sweeter taste to it than a potato.
     
  25. Malinda Klein

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    jicama - pronounce it like "hick"+ "a"+ "Ma"

    I couldn't find a jicama at Walmart. The lady said they come in occasionally...
     
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