Family name : CucurbitaceaeScientist name : Sechium eduleOther names : Cho-Cho, Chuchu, christophene,chouchoute, centinarja
Where Does It Come From? Chayote is originally native to Mexico or Central America where it grows abundantly and haslittl...
What Does It Look Like ?• In the most common variety, the fruit is roughlypear-shaped, somewhat flattened and withcoarse w...
How To Use It? The fruit does not need to be peeled to be cooked or fried in slices. It is commonly servedwith seasonings...
What Are Chayote Benefits? The leaves and fruit have diuretic, cardiovascular and anti-inflammatoryproperties, and a tea ...
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What is Chayote? What is cho-cho?

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Chayote, also called, cho-cho or chu-chu, is a tropical fruit native to Central America. Tthe fruit has a pear shap and a rough green skin, with white flesh. The fruit is also cooked and eaten as a vegetable. Chayote has also a lot of health benefits.

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What is Chayote? What is cho-cho?

  1. 1. Family name : CucurbitaceaeScientist name : Sechium eduleOther names : Cho-Cho, Chuchu, christophene,chouchoute, centinarja
  2. 2. Where Does It Come From? Chayote is originally native to Mexico or Central America where it grows abundantly and haslittle commercial value. It has been introduced as a crop all over Latin America, and worldwide Chayote was one of the many foods introduced to Europe by early explorers, who broughtback a wide assortment of botanical samples Like other members of the gourd family, such as cucumbers, melons, and squash, chayote hasa sprawling habit, and it should only be planted if there is plenty of room in the garden.
  3. 3. What Does It Look Like ?• In the most common variety, the fruit is roughlypear-shaped, somewhat flattened and withcoarse wrinkles, ranging from 10 to 20 cm inlength. It looks like a green pear, and it has a thin,green skin fused with the green to white flesh,and a single, large, flattened pit.• The flesh has a fairly bland taste, and a texture is described as a cross between apotato and a cucumber. Although generally discarded, the seed has a nutty flavourand may be eaten as part of the fruit.• Its leaves resemble those of the cucumbers.
  4. 4. How To Use It? The fruit does not need to be peeled to be cooked or fried in slices. It is commonly servedwith seasonings or in a dish with other vegetables and/or flavourings. It can also be boiled,stuffed, mashed, baked, fried, or pickled in escabeche sauce. The chayote fruit is used in mostly cooked forms. When cooked, chayote is usually handledlike summer squash, it is generally lightly cooked to retain the crisp flavour. Raw chayote may be added to salads or salsas, most often marinated with lemon or limejuice. Whether raw or cooked, chayote is a good source of amino acids and vitamin C.
  5. 5. What Are Chayote Benefits? The leaves and fruit have diuretic, cardiovascular and anti-inflammatoryproperties, and a tea made from the leaves has been used in the treatment ofarteriosclerosis and hypertension, and to dissolve kidney stones. Both fruit and seed are rich in amino acids and vitamin C.

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