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Chayote is member of the squash family that originated in Mexico but can now be found throughout the world if you know where to look. Depending on where you live, Chayote may be called a vegetable pear, chcocho, or christophene. It's flavor is described as a cross between a turnip, cucumber and zucchini.

Scientific Binomial Name: Sechium edule


Use like a squash - steam, bake, stuff or fry.


Also called vegetable Pear and Christophene, good-quality chayote will be firm, unblemished and light to medium-green in color. The skin may be either smooth or rough.


Avoid product that is soft or blemished.


Always store squash in your refrigerator, but only wash just prior to use.


In general, vegetables will not ripen further after harvest.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Chayote Squash is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It's also a good source of Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium and Potassium, and an excellent source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Zinc, Copper and Mangane

  • Tips & Trivia
  • The chayote, a member of the gourd family, originated in Mexico and is used throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The word chayote is derived from the Nahuatl word chayotli.

    Squash was unknown in Europe until early explorers returned from America with squash seeds.

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