Jicama Pachyrhizus erosus

How to sow jicama: Direct seed. If planting indoors, harden off before transplanting seedlings outside.

Sun requirement for jicama: Plant in Full Sun

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Jicama is an annual, tropical vine species in the bean family (Fabaceae) grown for it's edible tuberous root. The plant is native to Mexico and Central America. The plant's vines can reach heights of 4-5 m and need trellising. The root can grow to 2 m long and weigh up to 20 kg. Each plant produces 4-5 roots. The clusters of blue or white flowers can be pinched off to direct the plant's energy towards tubers rather than seed. The roots have thick brown skin and look like large round turnips. The flesh is creamy white and has a crisp texture and mildly sweet taste like apples or raw green beans. The skin is peeled and the flesh is eaten raw grated or sliced. Jicama is frost-tender and needs at least 5-9 frost-free months after transplanting to develop good sized roots. Seed can be sown any time of the year in tropical regions. In cooler regions, start seeds indoors to extend the growing season, and grow jicama in a greenhouse or in containers. Tubers are the only edible part of the plant: the seeds, vines, leaves, and flowers are poisonous.

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Pachyrhizus erosus

Alternate names

Mexican yam
Mexican turnip

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