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Chayote - Chow Chow

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Introduction

Chayote (Sechium edule) is an edible plant belonging to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. The fruit is mostly used cooked and it is considered a fruit much like tomato. In terms of its appearance it is pear shaped, lumpy with green colour. However, chayote proves that you should not judge a food by its appearance as it has a very good nutrition profile.

History

The fruit is native to Mesoamerica and was gradually spread into many Latin American countries. There is evidence that chayote was cultured by the Aztecs and Mayans and later European colonists introduced the fruit to the Caribbean, South America, and Europe. Eventually, it was also introduced to Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Regions

Chayote is produced in many regions around the globe. It is produced in high amounts in China, India, Taiwan, California, Florida, Mexico, Italy, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Australia and Honduras to name a few. 

Flavours & Texture

Its flavour is subtle, something like that of a mildly sweet apple, but mixed with cucumber. In terms of its texture, it is described as a cross between a potato and a cucumber.

Preparation

Chayote can be eaten both raw and cooked. If you want to cook it you can cut it thin and light cook it, stir-fry, or even roast it. You can use it in your salad or you can add it in certain dishes.  

Nutritional Value

Chayote is very low in calories, low in fats and it is a good source fiber and minerals.

Calories per 100 g

19 kcal

Fat

0.1 g

Carbohydrates

4.5 g

Fiber

1.7 g

Protein

0.8 g

Calcium

1 % of the RDI

Potassium

3 % of the RDI

Iron

2 % of the RDI