Jicama (Bangkuang – 地瓜)

I always see Jicama in every wet market and supermarket in Singapore and Malaysia but only in Mexican stores in Florida, well, occasionally in supermarkets catering to local American cuisine (when in season, I guess). Everyone knows what a Jicama tuber looks like, right? What about the rest of the plant, which is a vine?

My average size harvest

My average size harvest

I began growing my own from seeds given to me by my Mexican amigo and to-date, every time it begins flowering, I am awed by its floral beauty. This season, because I’ve decided to improve my basic photography style (I dare not call it a skill, yet) I’ve decided to share some clearer shots of Jicama buds and blooms not seen by many who eat their roots. These (unfortunately) will have to be cut off today or tomorrow to stimulate its tuberous root growth.

in bunches at the end of the vine stem

in bunches at the end of the vine stem

some buds have turned to blooms

some buds have turned to blooms

 

Pretty though they may be they are poisonous so if you see some, do to be careful when handling. Wash your hands if you have been in contact with its sap.

If you have children or pets, do not allow them to play or chew on flowers or leaves.

I will only retain 1 plant/vine in its blooming state and after pollination it will produce hard shell pods which will provide me with seeds for next year’s planting.

blooms are beautiful BUT poisonous

Yes, blooms are beautiful BUT poisonous

Remember ~ only the tuberous ROOT of this plant is edible, not any other and don’t try to find out if this is true or not.  You have been forewarned. ❗

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2 responses to “Jicama (Bangkuang – 地瓜)

  1. Pingback: My Tropical Asian Treasure Trove – Part 1 | Temasek Garden

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