Pachyrhizus erosus - Jícama, Mexican yam bean, Mexican turnip

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Botanical nomenclature: Pachyrhizus erosus
Common name: Jícama, Mexican yam bean, Mexican turnip
Family: Fabaceae

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Description

A dry deciduous vine in the pea and bean family that forms a large underground caudex that can weigh more than 10 kg. While the aboveground parts of the plants are poisonous (like many beans), the caudex is edible and similar to radish in taste. It is widely consumed in Mexico and known as Jícama.

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