The topic for today is about Chayote. For me papaya and chayote has simillar taste and I like them both. They are really good to put when you cook chicken. Chayote is belong to Plantae kingdom and Cucurbitaceae. From the first time I see a chayote in the market I think they grow like papaya but I was wrong. They grow like cucumber crawling like a vine. Chayote also known as chuchu, sayote, tayota, choko, chocho, chow-chow, christphene, vegetable pear, mirliton and pear squash. Chayote fruit is used in both raw and cooked forms. Raw chayote can be use for making salad or salsas and it is often marinated with lemon or lime juice. Chayote is good whether it's cooked or raw and it is a good source of amino acids and vitamin C. The word for chayote is spanish borrowed from the Nahuatl word chayotli.
Chayote is roughly pear shaped as you can see in the picture. It is somewhat flattened and with coarse wrinkles ranging from 10 to 20 cm in length. Chayote grow on the ground but it is a climbing plant that will grow onto anything and can easily rise as high as 12 meters when it can reach a tree or house. The leaves are heart shaped and 10-25 cm wide with tendrils on the stem. If the plant is make the flowers will show un clusters. Chayote can be eaten raw and can also be boiled, stuffed, mashed, baked, fried, or pickled in escabeche sauce. Wow, the leaves and fruit have diuretic, cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory properties, and a tea made from leaves has been used in the treatment of arteriosclerosis and hypertension and to dissolve kidney stones.