Slice open a chayote, Sechium edule, and you will see what makes it a most unusual member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Often this pear-shaped squash will be split at the blossom end and roots and a stem sprout may be showing. The chayote squash contains only one large seed.
Chayote is native to southern Mexico and Guatemala, but its cultivation has spread to tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Chayote is grown commercially in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and the Dominican Republic and is available year-round.
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