Goodies from the Garden!

January 23, 2015

CHAYOTE Squash

How interesting! We bought a funny looking squash that had a small sprout at a local produce stand. Just for kicks we planted it in a 5 gal bucket (Be sure and have drainage holes). Quickly a vine appeared (see pic of vine below).

Chayote Squash Vine

Chayote Squash Vine

 

It grew and grew and made us think that maybe jack and the beanstock was based on this plant. We have vines everywhere, but that was it. For several weeks even into a couple of months nothing but lush vines, huge leaves (see pic of leaf below), 8-10 inches across.

Chayote Squash Leaf

Chayote Squash Leaf

 

Suddenly small clusters of insignificant flowers everywhere. Finally fruit set on and grew at an unbelievable rate. We commented that they reminded us of Mosquitos. Find one, but because of lush, dense vines disappear and then have to search again to find. Fast growing 3-4 weeks to mature fruit. A beautiful fruit (see below pic of fruit), truly looks like a vegetable pear (common name).

Chayote Squash Fruit

Chayote Squash Fruit

 

Don’t peel, just wash and eat. Prepare any way you would cook a potato. We served it in wedges at the master gardeners luncheon as fresh slices with garlic or roasted bell pepper hummus for dipping. BIG HIT!!!! Try sautéing with sliced onions and garlic in olive oil. YUMMY  did you like it? See you soon in the garden!