Chayote squash, also known as mirliton in the US, is a pear shaped light green vegetable in the gourd family.

Each plant may yield up to 150 fruits in a season. The fruit has thin, pale green color skin and several shallow vertical furrows on the surface.

Some types have spiky or fuzzy surface while others have smooth skin. Inside, its pale-white flesh surrounds a central cream-white seed-ovule.

The whole plant including the fruit, stem and leaves contains multiple nutrients and has anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in the treatment of high-blood pressure, kidney stones and indigestion.

Chayote can also help support weight loss efforts, as it is low in calories and fibrous.

Eating chayote is a good way to increase your fiber consumption.

Fiber helps control blood sugar level (particularly helpful for diabetics) and lowers cholesterol, which promotes a healthier cardiovascular system.

Chayote is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, helping to limit damage to your DNA and cells by free radicals so you are less likely to suffer from arthritis, cancer and heart disease. It also helps with wound healing and is essential for forming cartilage.

This vegetable also provides you with vitamin K, which is necessary for your blood to clot and for keeping your bones healthy.

Chayote Squash Green Juice

Autor: Mariana Diez

  • 4 chard leaves
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 chayote squash

Directions: Put all ingredients to your juice extractor and mix well. Enjoy…

Chayote can be eaten raw or cooked. It can be peeled and incorporated into soups, casseroles and stews; used for children’s dishes, including porridges, mock applesauce; jams; and dried for snacks.

Chayote squash can be grilled or slow-roasted and served as an accompaniment to main courses featuring pork, poultry and shrimp.

Shoots and flowers can be stuffed, fried or baked, while its seeds can be dried, toasted and used for crunchy snacks.

This article is originally published on Life Health & Food.