jicama

Definitions:

  • A crisp, sweet turnip-shaped root vegetable <em>(Pachyrhizus erosus)</em> used raw in salads or cooked in stews.
  • In Mexico, a name applied to several edible roots, especially to that of the yam-bean, <em>Cacara erosa</em>, a leguminous plant with a sweetish, turnip-like root, which may be eaten either raw or cooked. This plant is now widely spread throughout the tropics.
  • The edible root of the yam bean, Pachyrhizus erosus, used in salads in Central America.
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