This bulbous root vegetable was first cultivated in the the warm climates of the Mexican peninsula. With the texture of a turnip, but the taste of an apple, jicama now grows on vines in Central America, the Caribbean, the Andes Mountain region, and Southern Asia. It's low in calories, high in fiber, and low on the glycemic index, making it great for diabetics.
Look for firm, round tubers. Store them in a cool, dark place for up to four weeks and in the refrigerator once cut.
Calcium 4.4% Iron 12.2%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 5.6%
Vitamin K 1.4% Thiamin 4.9%
Riboflavin 6.2% Niacin 3.7%
Vitamin B-6 7.7% Folate 11.0%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 4.9%
Phosphorus 6.6% Magnesium 11.0%
Zinc 3.9% Selenium 3.7%
Copper 8.8% Manganese 11.0%