Chayote is a climbing plant which originates from Mexico.
The fruit can be cooked or can be eaten raw in salads. Young shoots are often eaten stir-fried in Thailand.
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Basic information and facts
Chayote originates from Mexico or Central America.
Growing worldwide, with highest production in Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico.
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
Leaves and stenms are edible and can be used in stir fried dishes.
The pear-shaped fruits are edible and are usually cooked. Fruits have a light green surface with coarse wrinkles and are about 10 to 20 cm long.
Climate and weather:
Grows in most tropical countries often at higher altitudes.
Pollinated by insects, e.g. bees.
It’s a climbing plant with slender, branching stems up to 10 m long.
Chayote is usually grown from seed, sometimes from rooted cuttings.
Harvested by hand. Hand picking of fruits. Hand picking of shoots and leaves.
The chayote fruit is usually eaten cooked, but sometimes used raw in salads.
Also the roots, stems and leaves are edible. The tubers can be used like potatoes. The shoots and leaves are often used in stir fried dishes, for example in Thailand.