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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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    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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