Pachyrhizus tuberosus
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Pachyrhizus tuberosus

yam bean

  family leguminosae 
  genus pachyrhizus 

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Genus  Pachyrhizus Species  tuberosus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  ajipo   jicama   yam bean Family  LEGUMINOSAE Specimen number  S12036 Data source  UnVeg p211
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year 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  Pachyrhizus tuberosus likes full sun to partial shade.
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 tuberosus; for example vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and phosphorus can all be found. Ajipo (sometimes called jicama and yam bean) is most frequently used cooked or fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Climbing Crop spacing  6" - 8" Row spacing  1' Cold frame  Planting period  May 01 - Jul 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Nitrogen 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 months for planting new crops are May through July. When planted agriculturally, space the plants 6" apart. Provide 1' spacing between rows. It requires warm days for good production. Nitrogen is required for optimal growth. The best harvesting period is late summer. Pachyrhizus tuberosus is typically propagated by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Pachyrhizus tuberosus has an annual life cycle.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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