One of my long-standing complaints about new products at Trader Joe's is that they tend to be carb-heavy. But there is a substantial enough audience for good-tasting low-carb alternatives that have been all but ignore up until recently.
Now, there are two new low-carb items hitting shelves: Trader Joe's Jicama Wraps and Trader Joe's Hearts of Palm Pasta.
Now, low-carb diets aren't the easiest. It seems that there just aren't the same number of options available like there are for the vegan and gluten-free crowd (but for the record, this fits into those categories too).
In fact, this is one of the few products that proudly announces how few carbs it has: 3g total. However, on some diets, the net carb count is actually closer to 1g per serving when you subtract out the fiber.
But with many low carb items, there are some that taste good and others you wish you never tasted to begin with.
At first, I hated how these felt just out of the package. They were wet which made me wonder if they could ever be a good replacement for taco night.
And despite my own hesitation on the dampness, I loaded each one up in the same way I would a tortilla and found it actually was a really good replacement.
Each wrap is slightly thicker than rice paper on a spring roll. So imagine a double layer of rice paper.
In terms of flavor it doesn't lend much flavor at all. At most it reminded me of water chestnut in terms of taste. I've had some Jicama that was sweet, but this batch just didn't seem to lend much sweetness at all.
Overall, if you are looking for a low calorie, low carb, vegan, and/or gluten-free way to enjoy taco night this is very much worth a try.
Originally, this product was released to the west coast only, however, it has since worked its way to the east coast too.
Frequently asked questions
No, Trader Joe's jicama wraps are meant to be consumed raw as they are packaged. However they can be gently warmed if you prefer a warmer wrap.
These should feel damp and not slimey. If they feel slimey then they should probably be disposed of.
For $4.49 for about a dozen wraps isn't a bad deal.
Would I buy this again? For taco night, Trader Joe's Jicama Wraps get a solid thumbs up for me. I didn't feel like I was missing anything. You'll just have to get around the idea that this is a bit more damp than your typical tortilla shell.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The visual rundown
The package of Trader Joe's Jicama Wraps:
The nutritional information and the ingredients
And with some tacos:
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Trader Joe's Jicama Wraps
Product Name: Trader Joe's Jicama Wraps
Product Description: Trader Joe's Jicama Wraps are new, refrigerated, and geared toward the low carb crowd.
Trader Joe's Jicama Wraps are a surprisingly good wrap.
- Low carb wrapper than is actually sturdy and tasty enough
- This is one of those smart swaps if you are looking to cut back your carb intake.
- Tastes similar to a water chestnut
- You'll have to adjust to having a damp wrapper. And with the right filling this sort of thing will disappear.