SERVING SIZE: 1 1/2 c
SPECIES: Pachyrhizus P. erosus
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Jicama is high in carbohydrates and dietary fiber. It's sweet flavor comes from the oligofructose inulin which is a prebiotic. Pre-biotics supply sugars to the bacteria in probiotics, greatly increasing their effectiveness. Jicama is 86-90% water, and high in vitamins C, A and B, along with calcium and phosphorus.
Although Jicama appears like a dusty old stone, it's taste and texture are refreshingly sweet and crisp. Jicama is the only root in the bean family consumed as a food. Licorice root, the other edible root of the legume family, is largely consumed as an herb. Jicama, like licorice root, is sweet and starchy, reminiscent of apples or raw green beans. In contrast to the root, the rest of the plant is very poisonous. Although native to South America, where it has been cultivated for centuries, has become popular in Southeast Asia where it was propogated by Spaniards.
BUYING & PREPARATION
The tubers are sweetest when grown in winter. Medium sized, firm tubers with dry roots are best. Avoid large sizes, which may be woody and less sweet. Avoid wet or soft spots which may indicate rot.
In its native habitat, Jicama is served as street food with lime and a pinch of fiery cayenne. Served raw and julien sliced, jicama makes a crunchy addition to salsas and salads. Cut into squares, it enhances a fresh fruit salad. It can also be cooked as a potato, grilled, stewed, mashed, etc. In Asian cuisine, it is sometimes used as a substitute for water chestnut and paired with grilled fish or sesame oil. It is also cooked in soups and stir-fried dishes.
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Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
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should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
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tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
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ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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Heart & Circulation:
An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
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reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
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