Chayote

(Sechium edule)
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Chayote (Sechium edule) – almost everything you need to know about Chayote (aka Mirliton in Louisiana) can be gleaned from one of my favorite quotes from Unsual Vegetables (Rodale Press 1978):

What has leaves like spinach, tender shoots like asparagus, fruits reminscient of summer squash and eggplant, nut-like seeds, and tubers that can double as potatoes? The answers is a superplant that rhymes with coyote!

If that doesn’t make you want to grow them then you’re on the wrong website! Chayote is in the cucurbitacea family and grows on vigorous vines. It’s main challenge for the North American grower is it’s photoperiod, which leads to a sometimes worringly late season harvest for this frost sensitive perennial.

OUR WORK

The Utopian Seed Project has been growing a single variety received from Chue and Tou Lee of Lee Fortune Family Farm. The variety is a proven producer in Western NC. In 2020 we have a couple of additional varieties to start working with, and it is our intention to build up the number of varieties available in this region. Chayote is a prolific producer and a great storage vegetable that thrives in the heat.

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Mirliton.org – A website dedicated to the preservation of heirloom mirlitons with some great cultivation and history.

The History of Chayote (Mirliton) In North America: “One of the Noblest Gifts the Vegetable Kingdom Can Offer Man” By Lance Hill, 2020