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Photographic image of chayote.


Vinicius Ramalho Tupinamba. Image from BigStockPhoto.com
Definition: Chayote is an edible plant, which belongs to the Cucurbitaceae familly, as do melons, cucumbers and squash. The fruits are pear shaped with thin green wrinkly skin and white flesh. The root, stem, seeds, and leaves of the plant are all edible. The fruit is bland and can be eaten raw, cooked, mashed, baked, boiled, fried, or even pickled. Chayote is rich in amino acids and vitamin C.
Also Known As: christophene, christophine, cho-cho, mirliton, merleton

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