Jicama (pronounced Hik-A-Ma) looks like something you move out of the way of the lawn mower. The one I purchased looked like a huge light-colored rock. It was just as heavy as a huge rock.
Cooked vs. Raw
I’m sure cooked jicama works just fine for some dishes. My initial venture into jicama land was to peel it, put it through my spiral slicer to convert it into curly spaghetti strands. I then stir fried it with carrots, onion, scallops and seasoning.
The meal was tasty, but jicama can stand on its own. Its aroma resembles an apple and the taste/texture reminds me of a cross between an apple and potato. It doesn’t have a strong taste so it can easily adapt to many meals. It retains its crisp crunch when cooked.
In my opinion, jicama is best raw. Thinly sliced with a dash of salt and cayenne pepper has become the new favorite healthy snack in my household. It’s a fun vegetable to experiment with.