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Mar 13, 2012 05:55 PM


I'm completely new to this site / discussion, tho have often referred to chowhound to select a dining venue. I hope someone can help me locate a source in the toronto area where I can obtain jicama - a tuber that I need to prepare a grouper cerviche. My thoughts were either St. Lawrence Market or Kensington, but would certainly appreciate some tips from others better informed than I.

Thanks in advance,

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  1. Welcome to CH Aemmink!
    Jicama is quite common - you can find them in the chain groceries: Food Basics, No Frills, Loblaws, Longo's, etc. and many asian stores as well.

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    1. re: knusprig

      Yep, I've bought it at Longo's, Loblaw's, Bruno's and Galleria. No problem.

    2. I had jicama salad for dinner today ;-)
      As knusprig mentioned, the chain stores sometimes carry it.
      And No Frills, Metro, Food Basics (in downtown) didn't carry it when I checked a few days ago.
      I got mine at T&T on Cherry St. last Sunday.
      It wasn't as fresh and tender as the ones in Mexico but it was sweet and juicy.
      When you get one, make sure to peel away the tough and stringy part outside.

      1. Realize jicama is found in most large grocery stores, but it often seems to be a little beat-up at the grocery stores I frequent. Anyone have a rec for jicama that looks fresh, rather than a little neglected/ignored? Or a rec for a place with high jicama turnover? Thanks for any ideas. I realize I could check Harvest Wagon, but I'm hoping for more middle of the road recs.

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        1. re: prima

          Turns out Harvest Wagon ' s jicama looked a little beat-up this morning, and the revamped Loblaws at Yonge St and Yonge Blvd, despite an improved selection of conventional and organic produce (although their produce people had Italian parsley displayed below the cilantro sign, and curly parsley below the Italian parsley sign, and no cilantro in sight), had no jicama.

          I found nicer, fresher looking jicama at Family Produce for $1.99/lb (whatever the produce shop along the east wall of the south SLM is called), which looked better than the jicama downstairs at Phil's.