Chayote is a member of the Sechium family. Its botanical name is Sechium edule.
Chayote is a tuberous rooted perennial that climbs. Vines can grow 40 feet (12 meters) or higher. Leaves are broadly triangulate, about 5-8 in (12-20 cm) long, with shallow lobes. The fruit is pale green and pear-shaped, about 6 in (15 cm) long. It hangs from the vines on thin stems.
The fruit is thick and fleshy, a little crisp, and contains a single large, soft-hulled seed which is eaten right along with the flesh. Each vine can produce 50 or more fruits per season.It is an edible vegetable and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Normally grows with a viny habit. This plant tends to bloom in early summer, followed by first harvests in mid summer.
Chayote is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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Leave mature fruit indoors in a cool, dry place until it starts to form a shoot.
Plant shooting fruit at an angle with the shooting end pointing downwards and the top just at or slightly above soil level.
Pick the fruit when pale green and about 5cm (2inches) in length. Larger, older fruit have less flavour.
The centre of the choko fruit is a seed. This is the part that will shoot if the harvested fruit is kept indoors.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Chayote so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Chayote so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Chayote plants:
At one time there was a rumor afloat in Australia that McDonald’s was making its apple pies from chayote rather than apples. It appears that this wasn’t the case—chayote were more expensive at the time than apples. McDonald’s responded by emphasizing that this pies were made from real Granny Smith apples.
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