Chayote or Mirliton

Appears in
On Food and Cooking

By Harold McGee

Published 2004

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Chayote is the squash that seems least like a squash. It’s the fruit of a Central American vine, and looks something like a large pear some 5–8 in/12–20 cm long, with a single large seed at the center. Its flesh is finer-textured than the flesh of summer squashes, takes longer to cook, but is otherwise similar in its mild aroma and moist texture. The seed cavity is sometimes stuffed, and the seed sometimes eaten.