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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.
|Calculated for 1 chayote (5-3/4")|
|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|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|
|Total Carbohydrate 9.2g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 3.5g||13%|