Common Name: Chayote | Mirliton Squash | Chayote Squash
Binomial Nomenclature: Sechium Edule
Culinary Use: Chayotes have a mild cucumber-like flavor and can be prepared in any way you might use summer squash, raw or cooked.
Medicinal Use: Similar to other fruits, chayote (also affectionately known as cho-cho) is high in antioxidants and vitamins-specifically vitamin B, vitamin C, potassium, and amino acids.
Fun Fact: The perennial climbing vine on which it grows originated in Mesoamerica but is found today in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.