Chayote is a squash-like fruit with pale-green skin and white flesh. Similar in size and shape to a pear, chayote has a slightly sweet but somewhat bland taste. You can eat it raw in green salads, slaws and fruit salads. Chayote is known by different names in different cultures. Despite its different names in several languages, chayote is known to be one of the most nutrient-rich foods globally.
Chayote squash can be eaten both raw and cooked. As it lacks any definitive flavors, its textural qualities play center stage in its culinary uses. It is often shredded and added to salads, along with fresh and bright flavors such as cilantro, greens, other fruits and citrus. The fruit can be slow roasted, grilled, skin peeled and added to soups, stews and served as an accompaniment to main courses featuring meats such as roasted pork and poultry.
There are plenty of health benefits in chayote.
Anti-cancer: Chayote is rich in vitamin C which is an effective antioxidant which is essential to protect our cells from free radical causing cancer. Based on research, it provides at least 17% (RDI).
Blood pressure: Drinking chayote juice regularly helps to bring down blood pressure effectively.
Bone strength: The excellent source of vitamin K and all the right nutrients in this gourd help to strengthen bone and teeth structure.
Brain health: Getting forgetful lately? Add chayote in your juices daily to improve brain health. Chayote contains the necessary nutrients that help to enhance memory and brain function.