Chayotes are members of the gourd family, which also includes squashes and melons. In Central America, Most Chayote fruits are rippled, pear-shaped and green, while other varieties are pale or covered in spines. are eaten in many forms: boiled, mashed, fried, baked, or raw.
Not just the Chayote fruit is edible, however. The roots, leaves, stems and seeds are also eaten.
Costa Rica is one of the world's largest exporters of chayote. In the United States, Chayote can be purchased in Latin American and specialty markets. For cooking info, search chayote recipes.
Also Known As: Chayote squash; Choko; In Belize, Cho-cho; in Honduras and El Salvador, guisquil, perulero or pataste.