Pachyrhizus erosus
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Pachyrhizus erosus

yam bean

  family leguminosae 
  genus pachyrhizus 

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Genus  Pachyrhizus Species  erosus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  yam bean   jicama Family  LEGUMINOSAE Specimen number  S12059 Data source  UnVeg p211
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual,Perennial Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  20' - 25' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 26 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Full sun to partial shade is ideal for Pachyrhizus erosus.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It is crisp with a slight sweetness like water chestnuts. There are many nutritional properties of merit in Pachyrhizus erosus; for example vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and phosphorus can all be found. Yam bean (sometimes called jicama) is most often used cooked or fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Tuber Pollination method    Planting style  Climbing Crop spacing  6" - 8" Row spacing  1' Cold frame  Planting period  Apr 01 - Apr 30 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Phosphorus & potassium Time to harvest  late summer
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Cooked Nutritional value  Vitamin A   Vitamin B complex   Vitamin C   Phosphorus Edible parts  Tubers Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  crisp with a slight sweetness like water chestnuts
Horticulture notes  The best month for planting is April. Typical crop spacing is 6". Provide 1' spacing between rows. It requires warm days for good production. Phosphorus and potassium are both required for optimal growth. The best harvesting period is late summer. Pachyrhizus erosus is typically propagated with the plant's tubers.
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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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