Jicama Substitutes

Jicama Substitutes

This article provides an overview of Jicama, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make for great Jicama substitutes.

What is Jicama?

Jicama is the name of a native Mexican vine and more commonly the name of the plant’s edible root. The inside of the root is white in color and has a similar appearance to a potato, but with fewer carbs!

What does Jicama taste like?

The flesh of the root is juicy and crunchy and tastes similar to an apple or pear, but less sweet. Jicama has also been described as tasting nutty, with comparisons to a water chestnut.

Is Jicama readily available in Supermarkets?

Jicama should be available in most major supermarkets, especially between fall and spring, when it is in season. If you cannot find it in a regular supermarket, try an organic foods store or farmers’ market. Most Mexican grocery stores will also have Jicama.

What are some alternative names for Jicama?

The scientific term for jicama is Pachyrhizus erosus, however, it is also known as Mexican yam bean or Mexican turnip.

What is a good substitute for Jicama in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for Jicama. These include:

  • Water chestnuts have similar tastes to jicama, both raw and cooked
  • Other recommended substitutes include: