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Vegetable Pear, Chuchu
Cucurbitaceae
Sechium edule


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Flower Petal # 5
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Type Categories Useful Parts

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Cucurbitaceae Family

Sechium Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Chuchu, sayote, tayota, choko, chocho, chow-chow, christophene, mirliton, alligator pear, vegetable pear


Location

Found in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Physical Description
The fruit is roughly pear shaped, somewhat flattened and with coarse wrinkles. It looks like a green pear and it has a thin green skin fused with the white flesh, and a single large flattened pip.




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Cucurbitaceae
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Bean-Like Class
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General Information

Tastes like cucumber.

edible plant that belongs to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae along with melons, cucumbers and squash.
Whether raw or cooked, chayote is a good source of amino acids and vitamin C.

The tubers of the plant are eaten like potatoes and other root vegetables. In addition, the shoots and leaves can be consumed, and they are often used in salads and stir fries.

Although generally discarded, the seed has a nutty flavor and may be eaten as part of the fruit.
Although most people are familiar only with the fruit, the root, stem, seeds, and leaves are all edible.

Due to its purported cell-regenerative properties, it is believed as a contemporary legend that this fruit caused the mummification of people from the Colombian town of San Bernardo who extensively consumed it. The very well preserved skin and flesh can be seen in the mummies today.



Vegetable Pear, Chuchu
Vegetable Pear, Chuchu - January 05, 2010



Vegetable Pear, Chuchu
Vegetable Pear, Chuchu - January 05, 2010



Vegetable Pear, Chuchu
Vegetable Pear, Chuchu - January 05, 2010

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