It is time to reveal our roll and piece for the month of May. Chef Guy was greatly inspired by Mexican cuisine while creating the monthly special, so we have lots of heat going on in both stores right now.
Aren’t these scrumptious pieces like a fiesta on a roll? Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the ingredients in the special roll and piece because we dedicate this blog post just for the explanation.
What is chayote?
This is probably the one question that we got asked the most! Chayote is a popular ingredient in Latin American and Mexican cuisine. It’s related to the cucumber and zucchini with a mild and somewhat sweet flavor. Fun fact: Like the tomato, chayote is actually a fruit that is used as a vegetable. Chayote is also known as alligator pear and mango squash. In term of nutritions, chayote has no cholesterol or fat, extremely low in sodium and calorie. The fruit is a great source of dietary fiber and vitamins. The fiber in chayote helps to avoid hypertension and cardiovascular risk by lowering blood lipids and keeping arteries clear.
How about jicama?
Jicama is also named Mexican yam or Mexican turnip. First a native plant in Mexico, the Spaniards spread its cultivation to the Philippines, China then to the rest of Southeast Asia. Like other fruits and vegetables, jicama is full of healthful minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin C. With its high content of vitamin C, this root vegetable is great for boosting the immune system. Jicama hardly has any fat and is very low in sodium, so it’s a great food for weight loss. Plus, the soluble fiber in jicama is excellent for lowering cholesterol and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Both chayote and jicama are versatile ingredients that you can make soup, stew, and salad with. Try this Chayote with Tomato and Green Chile recipe for a quick and simple dish (leave the cheese to make it vegan though). If you’ve never eaten jicama before, definitely give this Jicama Fries a try!
Not in the mood for cooking? No worries. Stop by our stores this month and enjoy these tasty vegetables. They will be in store until the end of May.
Hope to see you soon!