The Great Veggie Experiment: Chayote!

These looked fresh and appealing at the store, and it was 69 cents to give it a whirl. (Aren’t I the big spender!!)

Looks kind of like a pear doesn’t it? These are actually related to squash and melons. Also known as mirlitons (Nutcracker, anyone?)
I tasted it raw, and my mouth tasted pear, but not very sweet, if that makes any sense. A texture very similar to a hard pear. I cut it up and roasted it, as you know I like to do with new veggies.

Unlike squash, it stays pretty crisp, even after roasting. Surprisingly so. Any trace of sweetness was cooked out of it, and it was very mild. All in all, I think I liked it. I have half left, and I believe that I am going to thinly slice it and eat it raw on a sandwich with some hummus. Just to try it.

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7 thoughts on “The Great Veggie Experiment: Chayote!

  1. Stephen

    Do you make your own Hummus? If so, how do you make it? I have been wanting to make some Hummus.

    It’s fun to experiment with new foods.

  2. Lori

    No – I buy it in the store, although it’s really not that hard to make yourself. Just puree chick peas with some tahini, garlic, and oil.

  3. the Casbah Kitten

    Hmmm, I’ve never even heard of that. I’ll have to keep my eyes open next time I go to the grocery. I’d like to try it.

  4. frances

    Hey Lori, it really taste great in veggie soups.
    if you are into soups-great for weight lossl

  5. Jennifer Garza

    Lori, I love your recipes (must try the pancakes) and the fact that you aren’t afraid to experiment with different foods and ingredients. I must do the same! And homemade hummus is awesome and very easy to make. I throw in a little bit of lemon juice and roasted red peppers. Amazing šŸ˜‰

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