Ingredient Name: Chayote also known as Vegetable Pear, Christophine, ChoCho and Mirliton Traditional Chinese Name: 合掌瓜 (hup jeung gwa) What is this?
- The pear-shaped fruit of the chayote plant, which grow on vines (similar to cucumbers)
- They are in the same family as melons, cucumbers and squash
- They are wrinkly with a thin skin that is fused with the white flesh
- It is relatively bland in taste and has a texture that is a cross between cucumber and potato
- They are more often used in Chinese soups, but can also be found as stir fried in dishes
How do I prepare it?
- Simply wash in cool water
- Cut into cubes of halves for soup usage
- Some people prefer to peel the skin, although that is not necessary (keeping the skin will help keep the chayote in place and not disintegrate into the soup)
Where can I buy this?
- You can buy this in most Asian supermarkets
- You can purchase this at the wet mart in Hong Kong
What is the cost?
- A chayote costs around $6-7 HKD each
- The fruit is very rich in vitamin A & C, amino acids, potassium (which help remove unwanted moisture from the body) and zinc
- It is a good source of carbohydrates and has no fat
- It is often used in soups that relieve cough and colds and is an ideal source of nutrition for children
- Chayotes are great diuretics and help remove wet heat and dampness from the body
- They are often used in cleansing diets and ideal for season and weather changing times
- Chayotes contain no cholesterol
- Be sure you wash the fruit very well to remove pesticides
- Chayote can keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks