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Kitchen Dictionary: chayote

Pronounced: chi-OH-tay

Known as vegetable pears or mirlitons, chayote are a subtropical member of the squash family, eaten as a vegetable. This pear-shaped, gourdlike fruit, has a single seed and a taste similar to zucchini. It is commonly used in Creole cuisine, especially around New Orleans in the winter, as a festive dish with a seafood stuffing.


Season: October - March

How to select: Look for small, firm and unblemished fruit.

How to store: Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to a month.

How to prepare: Use as you would summer squash or split and stuff like an acorn squash or use raw in salads. Because it has a mild taste, it is often used with strong seasonings.

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Rice With Chayote (Fritanga)

Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 chayote (5-3/4")
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 38
Calories from Fat 2 (6%)
Total Fat 0.3g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 253mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 9.2g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g 13%
Sugars 3.5g
Protein 1.7g 3%

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