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150 Days to maturity. Pachyrhizus erosus . Thai Jicama Seeds. Annual, Open Pollinated. This Asian variety of jicama yields larger tubers than Mexican Jicama. It has sweet and crisp light-colored flesh, and tan to light brown skin. This larger variety can reach up to 5 or 6 inches in width, and 5 pounds in weight in warmer climates, smaller in cooler areas. The roots develop fully after flowering. Roots are edible. PLEASE NOTE: Leaves and seed pods are poisonous! Other names for this variety include True Jicama and Yam Bean, and in the original Thai, Man Kaeo. Approx 140 seeds / oz.
Sandy loamy well-drained soil. This is a long growing plant. Start in containers indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost in temparate climates. Plant in the garden after the last possible frost. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Optimum growing temperatures are in the 70s or warmer, this plant is not frost tolerant. Trim the flowers off as they appear, this will keep the vines shorter, and the roots bigger.
Harvesting Thai Jicama
Thai Jicama is fully harvestable at about 6 to 9 months after planting. After a minimum of six months, harvest by digging carefully around the base of each vine, and pull the root out. Trim the vine off the plant, and brush off the dirt.
The harvested jicama will vary in size, but generally will be 5 inches across, but can be bigger or smaller. Smaller roots are fine. Ensure to harvest before the first frost.
Jicama can be stir fried with other vegetables, roasted, or baked. They are delicious added raw to slaws or salads, or eaten chopped as an appetizer. One tasty idea is to bake them and serve as Jicama Fries! Wash and rinse, peel completely and remove anything that looks stringy. Slice thickly, then cut the slices into sticks. Season and bake!
Sandy, Loamy, well drained soil, prefers 6.0-8.0ph.
Pests and Disease:
Jicama is practically pest free, due to the poisonous nature of the leaves and flowers. The roots are only slightly susceptible to weevils and boring insects underground. Fungal and bacterial spot infections can be a problem if the soil is too wet.
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