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Jicama Newsletter


Easy to Grow and Delicious but One Warning


Some of Bob Webster’s jicama production. Join the Organic Club of America and get some of his seed as a bonus. 

Jicama, also called the yam bean, arrow root and Chinese turnip, is a globe-shaped, white to golden brown-colored root vegetable. It has white flesh that can be eaten raw or cooked, and like potato, grows underground. Its crisp, juicy texture, and nutrient-rich content makes jicama rich with many nutritional benefits and mighty tasty. But - there are some safety considerations you should watch out for.

Although the tubers of this plant are delicious and health giving, the flowers and foliage are toxic and a source of the powerful pesticide called rotenone.

Here’s the rest of the story and an updated Library entry on this fascinating food crop. I recommend you give it a try.

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Naturally yours,

Howard Garrett
The Dirt Doctor


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