Chayote – 1 Sprouted Fruit
Also known as chocho, chuchu, sou-sou, vegetable pear, one-seeded cucumber, mirliton, choko, and custard marrow.
Fruit Type: Organic – Harvested from our own plants.
The fruit on offer has already sprouted stem growth, so all you need to do is plant the sprouted fruit.
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Chayote is a warm-season, tender perennial vine of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae), cultivated for its pale green, pear-shaped fruit. While it is botanically categorized as a fruit, it is most often prepared as a vegetable in savory dishes. Every part of the chayote squash is edible, including the rind, flowers and roots. The fruit has a thin, green skin with coarse wrinkles, ranging from 10 to 25 cm in length. The flesh is green to white, and the fruit contains a single, large, flattened pit. One fruit can weigh up to 1.2 kg or more. The stems of the vine can reach up to 15.2m. Both male and female flowers are borne on the same vine.
Also known as chocho, chuchu, sou-sou, vegetable pear, one-seeded cucumber, mirliton, choko, and custard marrow, Chayote plants are native to Latin America, specifically southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Ripe chayote squash has a mild taste that’s a cross between an Armenian cucumber and squash. One Chayote vine will yield enough fruit for household of four people. The fruit is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B-6, amino acids, and antioxidants. The fruit will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Diced chayote can be frozen or canned for up to 1 year.
- The fruit is commonly served with seasonings or in a dish with other vegetables and flavorings. It can also be boiled, stuffed, mashed, baked, fried, or pickled.
- The tubers of the plant are eaten like potatoes and other root vegetables.
- The shoots and leaves are often consumed in salads and stir fries, especially in Asia.
- Chayote grows best where summer temperatures are very warm to hot, in tropical or subtropical regions.
- Plant the chayote in an area that gets full sun. It will grow in partial shade but the yield will be reduced.
- It prefers loose, well-drained but moisture-retentive soil rich in organic matter, but will grow in clay or sandy soil as well.
- It is a vigorous climber, so do set up a very sturdy trellis or support structure, before planting.
- Plant the whole fruit 3 to 4 weeks after the last average frost date in spring when the soil temperature has reached at least 18°C. You can also plant the fruit indoors first in a container and then transplant it once the soil temperature outside has warmed up. If you prefer, you can leave the fruit on the kitchen counter first, where it will readily sprout new growth and then plant it in soil.
- Set a whole fruit about 10-15cm deep, fat end down, and at an angle so that the stem end is just level with the soil surface. Set the fruits 10 feet apart if planting more than one fruit.
- It can be permanently grown in a container, but the yield will not be significant. Grow it in a container about 24 inches deep. A trellis or support should be set in the container at planting time.
- Water regularly, do not let the soil dry out too much in between watering.
- Chayote requires 120 to 150 frost-free days to reach harvest. Do not allow maturing fruit to come in contact with the soil, as it will spoil and germinate while still attached to the vine.
Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.