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Trader Joe's jicama wraps are a gluten-free alternative to flour tortillas. They taste like a crunchy cross between an apple and a water chestnut. / Photo by Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS

Americans eat an estimated 4.5 billion tacos every year. And most are dished up in one of two ways — with the fillings tucked inside a hard corn taco shell or nestled inside a soft flour one.

Trader Joe's offers a third option for Taco Tuesdays: jicama wraps.

Imagine a giant radish that's been sliced so thin that you can almost see through each 5-inch disc. That's what they look like, only they're made from peeled, raw jicama (pronounced HICK-ah-mah), a turnip-like root vegetable with papery, golden-brown skin and a starchy white interior.

Native to Mexico and long used in Latin American cooking, jicama is prized for its crispy, juicy texture and fresh, apple-meets-water-chestnut taste. It works exceedingly well as a taco shell because the slices are easy to fold, go well with both meat and cheese or vegetables, and offer a satisfying crunch.

If you're diet-conscious, jicama wraps will score bonus points for being naturally low-carb and low-calorie. They're also gluten-free and keto-, vegan- and paleo-friendly. Just about everyone can eat them.

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These Trader Joe's jicama wraps are stuffed with the makings of chicken tacos. / Photo by Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS

Each two-wrap serving has just 15 calories and delivers 3 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber and less than 1 gram of sugar. They can be eaten cold, warmed in the microwave, steamed or heated in a cast-iron pan.

I stuffed the wraps with all the makings of a chicken taco, and my husband — who ate them straight out of the fridge after a long drive on the turnpike — declared them both "fresh" and "very delicious."

Thanks to their slightly sweet taste, they also would make a great base for fruit wraps, perhaps in your child's lunchbox.

A 7.48-ounce package comes with at least a dozen wraps (my package had 16). You'll find them in the refrigerated section.

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Trader Joe's jicama wraps are naturally low-carb and low-calorie, as well as gluten-free and keto-, vegan- and paleo-friendly. / Photo by Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS
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