Jícama, Mexican Yam, Mexican Turnipshankhalu (Bengali) , mishrikand (मिश्रीकंद) (Hindi) , kandha (telugu),   
images & identification by Dr. Karuna Kanta Das & Aarti S. Khale






Attaching images of what appears to me is Pachyrhizus erosus (L.) Urb. = Pachyrhizus angulatus Rich. ex DC. = Dolichos bulbosus L. = SANKALU in Bengali.
H & H : large climber, hairy stem, leaves can be twice bigger than the ones in pic DSCN7450.jpg, do not have flower pics
Date : 15/11/12, 10.50 a.m.
Place : Hooghly

Thank you …, it is Pachyrhizus erosus (L.) Urb.
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Very commonly sold in California as Jicama. Here are two colours I photographed this year

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Yes Sir, I have seen … upload too.

sankha aloo in all its constituent plant parts
well done
I had never seen the pods
can you save some seeds and then photograph them please?
i wonder if the sankha aloo can be planted from the market

Didi, people say that these seeds are poisonous, root tubers are now selling at Rs.10 to 20 a kg,, as you may know would be in demand until Saraswati Puja.

Seems to be Pachyrhizus erosus 

we serve it as one of the prasad at Saraswati puja in Bengal
children love it

crunchy semi sweet carb, i guess is the reason
i like it too in mexican style though… lemon salt and paprika power..its street finger food in most mexican cities…  posh restaurants serve it too, over there and in Texas.

Interesting information … I wonder what it tastes like…

its available in markets right now
if you have bengali community near by ask they would know where it is available locally in your neighborhood
otherwise PRIVATELY send me your address and I’ll overnight a few to you



Hooghly Today : Pachyrhizus erosus (Linnaeus) Urban:  Found flowers of Pachyrhizus erosus (Linnaeus) Urban, SHANKALU (শাঁকালু) in Bengali, today.

In Bengali, it is known as shankhalu, literally translating to “conch (shankha) potato (alu)” for its shape, size and colour. In Hindi it is known as mishrikand (मिश्रीकंद). In Telugu it is known as kandha. It is eaten during fast (उपवास) in Bihar (India). … In Malay it is known by the name ubi sengkuang. (Ref. Wikipedia)  


Jicama : Pachyrhizus erosus : California : 15DEC14 : AK-43 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Jicama, Mexican Yam, Mexican Turnip, Pachyrhizus erosus from a store in Sacramento.

this reminds me of some tidbits..

May be called mexican turnip by anglos in the past long gone… now its only jicama… .. natives of the region only call it jicama… even when they come to live in usa
is lighter in color texture and mouth feel than turnip… its pleasant not like turnip with the sulfur like taste..

texture and mouth feel like different in both places…

over the centuries they must have diverged… mexican one is crunchier and less starchy

bengal one is denser and starchier to the mouth.. Bengal ones really look like a shaankh..ie taper on one end…
eaten raw in both places..

in mexico even on the streets ,,,vendors cut them up and sprinkle salt, red pepper powder and lime juice.. and even classier restuarants serve them in fancy plates and elaborate accompaniments but essentially the same way..
in bengal no vendor does it.. no restaurant serves it.
you buy it whole and bring it home.

but we do use them at home esp during Saraswati puja as one fruit substitute, kids relish them.



Root Vegetable For ID : California : 14DEC14 : AK-42 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Root vegetable seen at the Farmers Market in Fremont.

Similar to Turnips, but white in color.
Is this Jicama?

yes turnip

please see this link

and this interesting one… turnips look very similar to yours and he writes well

Looks like a swede or a rutabaga to me. Jicamas are more rounded. I remember seeing these in Europe and was told these were rutabagas.

esp … A couple of years ago you wrote about Jicama in economic times ..
nice to know you.
these here seem to be turnips and … other thread seem to be the jicama of the grocery stores..
otherwise one of us has to go to sanfransisco and and taste taste them!! delightful prospect..

I had found a link suggesting Jicama and looking exactly like my pictures.
May be … can have a look.




Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Pachyrhizus erosus (L.) Urb from Assam KD 01 OCT15 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (6)
Attached images are Pachyrhizus erosus (L.) Urb from Assam.


Faboideae of Java 1 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.

Could you help me to identify our plant please.

Please check Pachyrhizus erosus (L.) Urb.

efi page on Pachyrhizus erosus

Appears like images at Pachyrhizus erosus (L.) Urb. 



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