Back to Basics

Back to Basics: Chayote

By Ashley Beck | July 9, 2013

chayote and corn with chiles

Photo: Josuah

Chayote is Native to Mexico and Central America and is a member of the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, along with cucumbers, squash, and melons. Similar to summer squash in taste and consistency, chayote was one of the many crops introduced to Europe by early explorers. In many Asian cultures the stems and leaves are more often used in stir-frys and soups. In Latin America, the fruit is the more popular entity, and is prepared in various ways. Read More


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