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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Pachyrhizus
P. ahipa
P. erosus
P. tuberosus
Ref: ITIS 26823 (http://www.itis.usda.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=26823)
Jicama is a legume that is grown for food. It is also called Mexican potato, Mexican turnip, and yam bean.

Jicamas have large tuberous roots that can be eaten cooked or raw. They grow in frost-free climates, primarily Mexico and South America.

See also: cuisine, Mexican cuisine

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