Chayote squash are apple green in colour and about the size and shape of a pear. They’re from the gourd family, along with melons & squash. Native to South America, they are popular around the world. I discovered them in Vietnam where they’re called Su Su. The mild flavoured flesh is similar in texture to a raw apple, with a slightly starchier bite. They hold their shape well when sautéed, are good raw and are a nice addition to a stew, soup or salad. I like them raw, with a squeeze of lime and sprinkle of chili. Try this recipe… I would recommend a half chayote per person for a good sized side dish. It’s nutritious and healthy; 1 good sized chayote has only 39 calories, 9 grams of carbohydrates, has 3.5 grams of fibre and a quarter of your day’s recommended Vitamin C intake. Yum!
1 large chayote squash
1 small onion
1 small clove garlic
1Tbsp neutral flavoured oil (safflower is my preference)
Slice onion thinly. Mince small garlic clove. Wash & halve chayote. Remove heart, half again lengthwise then cut into 1/2 inch slices.
In a wok, heat oil over medium heat and add onions. Let soften, then add garlic. Saute for a few minutes or until onions are becoming translucent. Add Zesty Lime & Chili salt, then chayote squash. Stir to coat squash in oil & salt.
Cook over medium heat for 15-25 minutes or until onions have begun to carmelize, squash is nicely browned at the edges & tender. Do not cook over higher heat or onions will fry and garlic will burn. This is a nice slow sauté, to get the lovely sweetness out of the onion & the squash.
Delicious as a side dish.