Yam Bean


  • Crisp and crunchy texture
  • Ideal if Planted in August and September
  • Harvest in 5-6 months

Item Details

The root of the Yam bean (Jicama) is edible with a crisp and crunchy texture. Ideal if planted in August and September. Tubers development begins at flowering as days begin to shorten and days get cooler. Harvest in 5-6 months. Roots weigh 1.5 -3 pounds.

History of the Plant

jícama, (Pachyrhizus erosus), also called yam bean, leguminous vine of the pea family (Fabaceae), grown for its edible tubers. Jícama is native to Mexico and Central and South America and is an important local food crop. Some varieties (known as jícama de aqua in Spanish) have clear juices, and some (jícama de leche) have milky juice. Both types of tubers are mild-flavoured and usually are eaten raw in salads or sprinkled with lime juice and powdered chili peppers as a snack. Jícama can also be cooked.

HVO Seeds Package

HVO packages our seeds in custom-made foil packets to keep moisture out and extend the seed life. Some of our Foil Packets have a zip-lock seal to maintain freshness. We also insert a silica gel anti-moisture packet in each foil packet.

Growing Media



Soak Yambean (Jicama) seeds with clean water (room temperature, 20-26 C) for 9 hours. Water for immersion should be bottled water or boiled water. At the end of the immersion, if any seeds are still floating, throw them away. Take the seeds using a sieve and wash with clean water (boiled water). Drain / release (leave it open until it dries on its own).



Prepare a seeding container. The underside must be given enough holes for water circulation. The day before the seedlings, fill with 3/4 of the seedlings. Seedling media composition = soil : sand/husk : compost = 1 : 1 : 1. Insert Yambean (Jicama) seeds into seedling media with depth of 0.7 – 1.2 cm. Spray fine water 1-2 times a day if the media is dry.



Prepare a Polybag. Polybag/pot must be given a hole in the bottom. The day before planting, fill in polybag/pot with up to 3/4 growing media. The composition of the planting media = soil : sand/husk : compost = 2 : 1 : 1. Take the seeds and soil around the roots. Enter into the hole in an upright position, add soil around it. Put polybag/pot in the shade. After new leaves grow, place polybag/pot in a bright place. Take care of the Yambean (Jicama) plant.




Watering Yambean (Jicama) plants should be done carefully so that the plants are not damaged, both leaves and stems. If the planting media dries easily, then the frequency of watering should be twice a day, ie morning and evening. If the planting media tends to be moist, then watering is only done once a day, morning or evening. It is better not to water during the day, because it can cause plants to wilt.


Plant Pest Control.

Plant pests include trips, aphids, mites, whitefly, bark caterpillars, etc. The chances of the emergence of these plant pests will be higher in the dry season. To overcome this, control by spraying insecticides for insect pests and akarisida for mites, every week according to the dose, if needed.


Plant Disease Control.

Plant diseases include sprouting, bacterial wilt, fusarium, anthracnose, leaf rot (choanephora), phytophora blight, leaf spot (cercospora), bacterial spotting, bacterial soft rot, yellow curling, etc. The attack of certain diseases caused by fungi and bacteria will be higher in the rainy season. To overcome this, do control by spraying fungicides every week according to the dose, if needed.

Nutrients of Yam bean



Most of its calories come from carbs. The rest are from very small amounts of protein and fat. Jicama contains many important vitamins and minerals, as well as a significant amount of fiber.

Jicama also contains small amounts of vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, calcium, phosphorus, zinc and copper



Jicama contains several antioxidants, which are beneficial plant compounds that help prevent cell damage. Oxidative stress has been linked to chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cognitive decline.

Jicama is high in inulin, which is a prebiotic fiber. Eating prebiotic foods promotes the growth of the types of bacteria that may lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and kidney disease.

Jicama contains the antioxidant vitamins C and E, selenium and beta-carotene. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that can lead to cell damage and cancer

Amazing Recipes of Yam Bean (Coming Soon)

Greenhouse to Your House
Yam bean is the star for this dish. Stir-fried yam bean can be used in many ways. It can be eaten with rice or wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves as a salad. It can also be used as fillings for buns, spring rolls (popiah) or pie tee. Just leave to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until needed.

This Nyonya recipe is so easy to make, Asian always prepare this dish for any Chinese festival.


Jiu hu char is stir-fried yam bean with shredded cuttlefish usually enjoyed with rice or eaten as wraps. It is a simple Asian meal which is light, healthy, low in fat and calories.


I really like how the fritters turned out – nice and crispy on the outside, and quite light and fluffy in the middle, which was why I thought it worth sharing here.

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