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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:31 pm    Post subject: Jicama Reply with quote

Has anyone grown jicama or know if it is possible to grow it in Ireland and where I would get seeds.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

never heard of it, I better look it up .
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not even know if it's possible to grow Mexican turnips here with success.

I do not know if you are familiar with the jicama, but the plants can grow up to 16 feet. They are very heavy as well, so they need a good support. The jicama is yummy, but the steams and leaves of the plant are poisonous.

I am going to ask to a Mexican friend who lives in England where it is possible to get seeds.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just Googled it and I found that Chiltern Seeds sells Jicama seeds:

This is a Mexican vegetable that it would seem is gaining popularity in the USA Grown for its tuberous roots (its seeds are reputed to be poisonous - the reverse of Runner Beans where the roots are poisonous!), it is in fact a highly ornamental twiner with dense racemes of purple flowers (although when growing for the roots, you must be steel-willed and pluck them off). The roots look like Turnips but have a thirst-quenching, fresh-apple taste. They are sliced and sprinkled either with sugar or with salt and/or lemon juice. Alternatively, they can be used as water chestnuts in oriental cooking. Grow as a half-hardy annual and give them the warmest, sunniest spot you can spare, or let them loose in your greenhouse. Packet of 14 seeds.
2.50 per packet of seeds

Guide prices for information only:
Euros: 2.86
US Dollars: $ 3.95

Genus:Jicama
Family Name:Leguminosae/Fabaceae
Synonym:Pachyrhizus erosus, Pachyrhizus tuberosus
Seed Catalogue No.:1505
English Name(s):Jicama
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