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What the Heck Do I Do With Jicama?

Welcome to our series, What The Heck Do I Do With This? We know that mystery Misfits Market boxes can be overwhelming, so we want to help you put a single ingredient from your box to delicious use. Next up: jicama!

Also called a Mexican turnip, Mexican potato, or a sweet turnip, jicama is a staple in Mexican cooking and one of our favorite root veggies. We’ll start to see an abundance of jicama in late April and early May due to peak weather conditions that make for fruitful jicama farming—and we couldn’t be more excited to bite into this crunchy veg.

It’s unsurprising that jicama is often referred to as a potato since it’s round, has a papery brown exterior, a creamy white interior, and crisp texture—not unlike a raw potato. But the resemblance mostly stops there. Jicama is surprisingly sweet, and a little bit starchy, similar to a mild apple.

Though jicama is traditionally sliced into matchstick slices and eaten raw with a bit of salt, lime juice, and chili powder, you can also bake it, fry it, stew it, and steam it. (FYI: You should always peel jicama before eating it, but it’s like peeling a potato or carrot. Just use your standard vegetable peeler to remove the tough skin.)

Read on to get inspired by one of our 7 favorite jicama recipes and let us know in the comments how you incorporate jicama into your cooking!

Baked Jicama Fries

After raw jicama, baked jicama fries are one of the most popular ways to enjoy the veggie. Once they’re sliced into fry-sized sticks and baked with lots of salt, pepper, spices, and oil, you’ll be rewarded with a crunchy, slightly sweet fry. Don’t forget the side of ranch!

Jicama-Pineapple Slaw

We’re lucky that pineapple and jicama season overlap so we can enjoy sweet and crunchy salads and slaws. Our favorite ones also call for carrots or mango—two things in abundance in your Misfits Market boxes this time of year. This version from Foraged Dish includes an acidic honey lime vinaigrette that you’ll want to pour on everything.

Chile-Lime Watermelon, Cucumber, and Jicama

The best way to get the most out of your jicama is to eat it raw with your other favorite warm weather fruits and veggies, like watermelon and cucumber, and then dousing them with spiced Tajín Clásico seasoning. Don’t have Tajín Clásico? Substitute taco seasoning or a mix of chili powder, salt, pepper, and fresh lime juice. Or, make your own Mexican spice blend!

Tortilla Soup with Jicama Noodles

Instead of tortilla chips, top your tortilla soup with jicama “noodles!” (Guess that makes this jicama soup instead?) The best part is the slight sweetness of jicama that offsets an otherwise spicy soup.

Sweet and Hot Roasted Jicama

Like other root veggies, jicama’s naturally sweet flavor is enhanced once roasted in the oven with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Don’t forget fresh herbs—parsley, cilantro, and oregano work well—and a splash of lime juice and your favorite hot sauce for an added kick.

Vegetarian Taco Salad

Jicama is just one small piece of this hearty taco salad, which includes other classic ingredients like red onion, avocado, cilantro, and tomatoes. Mix and match your favorite ingredients for a simple weeknight meal that doesn’t require too much thought. AKA, the best kind of dinner.

Jicama Shrimp Salad

Are you seeing a trend here of adding crunchy raw jicama to salads and slaws? Experiencing both the texture and flavor of raw jicama really is the best way to enjoy it, and this simple shrimp salad is no exception. Combine jicama with cooked shrimp, black beans, and a few other key ingredients for a filling dinner salad that’ll quickly become a go-to in your kitchen.

Comments (4)

I sent a picture of my last box to my daughter in New Mexico and something in the picture ( I think the large beets) made her ask if I had received Jicamas in my box. I said no and that I didn’t know what they were. She explained them to me and I said I would have to look for them. I am hoping they are included in my next choice lists as I am now really intrigued. They sound really interesting.

Well….I have not received my first box, so I cannot try this item.

It has been quite frustrating waiting for our order to arrive. Signed on probably 3-4 weeks ago. Was given a date of the week of April 19 for the first order to be shipped. Was charged but never got Box 1. Next thing I knew, Box 2, due to arrive the week of April 26, this week, was charged. Then I got an email saying they are ready to charge for Box 3 on Friday. I went into my account and suspended the orders for 2 weeks. Then I got an email Sat, April 25, stating that Box 1 and 2 were being shipped at the same time (I do not need both orders at the same time!!!). The tracking info from FexEx stated an estimated arrival date of Apr 26 by day’s end. Never got the boxes today. Went back into the email and re-clicked the tracking. Now, both boxes are pending delivery with no estimated date of arrival.

I had made an order through a local farm for delivery of produce when I had not heard about either box being shipped, on Friday. Then, when I got the email about Sunday delivery, I connected with the local farm, to cancel my order with them. The farm was gracious enough to refund my money and stop the delivery due to ship tomorrow. Now, I am not sure I will get any produce from Misfits this week as both boxes went back into pending status. I am not sure I will continue subscribing to Misfits. The produce will have to be very fresh for me to want continue this service.

Very disappointing! I waited patiently for 3-4 weeks, knowing that we are living through unprecedented times, but if I ran my business like this, charging people for items not delivered, and continuing to charge until the customer places a hold on the next order, I would be out of business.


Hi Maria, we’re so sorry to hear about the issues with your order and we know this is very frustrating. If you haven’t already, please send an email to our customer success team at with a description of your issues, your account information, and your order information. Our queue is longer than normal but rest assured that a team member will be in touch with you as soon as they can. If you have sent our team an email, I’ll forward this comment and have them look into the issue ASAP. Thank you for your patience!

You guys are doing awesome and you should be told so! I have been a customer since before COVID and all of your communication has been straight forward and honest. Have I missed a box here and there? Yes. But no one could have prepared for this unprecedented time and the unavoidable ramp-up in production you have had to endure. I am constantly impressed by your communication, professionalism, and honesty through all of this. Thank you for doing what you do!

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