Yam Bean

Yam Bean Photo
Seeds and Nuts
Health Rating
Latin Name
Pachyrhizus erosus


Yam bean, or jicama, is one of several types of yam beans. It is characterized by its large, spherical, and elongated taproot. The root is covered with a thick, fibrous brown skin, that once removed the inside white flesh can be eaten by humans. However, the rest of the plant and its seeds are very poisonous, with high levels of rotenone, a common chemical used as
insecticide and pesticide.

For Your Pet

Even though humans eat parts of the yam bean plant, it’s best to avoid letting your small pets eat any of the yam bean. Yam bean is a poisonous plant that your rabbit should never eat.


Do not feed poisonous yam bean to your small pet.


If you believe that your pet has been poisoned, immediately call your vet or one of the animal poison control hotlines on this list.