I know what you’re all thinking right now. What in the world is that vegetable in that photo up above? It looks like a giant green pear, doesn’t it? Well, that vegetable is actually called chayote. It is a type of vegetable that is apparently common in Mexico, but it’s also quite popular in my household! My family calls it xu (Vietnamese word for it).
With the lack of time to cook at home, this chayote squash has been a lifesaver in our household. This vegetable may or may not look foreign to you, but I’d recommend anybody to eat it. Below are some reasons why!
1. Easy to cook and versatile
You can eat it raw as a salad or sautee it in a pan with some garlic, olive oil, and salt. You can even scramble it with eggs and eat it with some quinoa or brown rice for dinner as a side dish.
2. Beneficial to your health
This ‘squash’ is low in calorie and has a high water content. It contains fiber, is high in potassium, and low in sodium. This makes it ideal for helping you with ailments like kidney stones and high blood pressure.
Chayote squash is a very cheap vegetable to purchase. You can find it in any Asian market or even your local Safeway for about a dollar. You’ll probably only need one or two chayote squashes to make a side dish for your family!
I have to keep this post short and sweet because it’s bedtime! I hope that you’re interested in this vegetable enough to try cooking it now. Have a great night!