Chayote is a native Mexican plant that is a member of the squash family. The squash is very popular in Louisiana where it is called “mirliton” and is eaten stuffed, baked or in a variety of Creole dishes. Chayote is generally lightly cooked to retain its signature, crisp flavor.
Fresh green fruit are firm and without brown spots or signs of sprouting. Smaller chayotes are typically more tender.
- Good source of amino acids
- Rich in vitamin C