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.

A white chayote kindly gifted from @thechefsfarmer
#chayote #mirliton
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If you`ve not grown chayote before then, 1. Why not? It`s awesome. and, 2. This is usually around the time that you get a little worried that you`ve wasted your time! Chayote flowers and fruits really late, but once it gets going it really wants to make up for lost time!

Never tried chayote? Grab a ticket for our Trial to Table dinner (link in our bio). #chayote #experimentaltrials #trialtotable
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Showing off some stuff at @georgiaorganics
#experimentalroots #tropicalperennials #croptrials #eatmoreroots
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Chayote rooted from stem cuttings and almost ready for sharing and planting.
#chayote #strengthindiversity #growyourownfood
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Here`s a selection of edible summer greens growing at the #experimentalfarm right now. Even though you may never have tried (or maybe heard) of some of these, they are not new. We did not discover them. They belong to cultures older and wiser, ancestral work done to create many of the food crops that exist today, both known and forgotten.

We support eating and exploring these crops, and there is resilience in a diversified food system that will be much needed as climate change continues. But climate justice and climate work goes hand in hand with social justice and social work, so respecting those who came before (the work, the culture, the traditons, the people) is critical to our journey.

This picture shows a world of possibilities, but it also shows the world.

Top Row, Left to Right
1. Permelon (Cucurbita maxima)
2. Butternut (Cucurbita moschata)
3-4. Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas)
5 (top). Southern Pea (Vigna unguiculata)
5 (bottom). African Basil (Ocimum gratissimum)
6. Moringa (Moringa oleifera)

Bottom Row, Left to Right
1. Chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius)
2. Sunset Hibiscus (Abelmoschus manihot)
3-4. Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)
5. Abelmoschus tetraphyllus
6 (top). Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
6 (bottom). Chayote (Sechium edule)

#summergreens #diversefood #chayote #chaya #taro #moringa #hibiscus #okra #southernpeas #basil #squash #sweetpotato #eatyourgreens #leafygreens #greens #notallgreensarered
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Chayote harvest before the frost (maybe?!). Also known as Chocho and Mirliton.

#tuspchayote #chayote #mirliton
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We`ve promised a farm feast to remember and that`s what we`re planning to do!
Here`s the first batch of chayote, heading to @brinedandcured of @auxbaravl to transform into some delicious vegetarian taco filling. @thechefsfarmer will be making the homemade tacos with trial corn!
#tacos #chayote #TrialToTable
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Excited to be part of the Ishreal Thibodeaux White Mirliton Preservation Project. This rare mirliton (aka Chayote) was sent to me by @chefjohnfolse, who has one of the last live vines of this heirloom mirliton. We`ll be growing it out and giving it some very special attention to ensure its survival.

#mirliton #chayote #seedpreservation #heirlooms #seedequalsfood
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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

A white chayote kindly gifted from @thechefsfarmer
#chayote #mirliton
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If you`ve not grown chayote before then, 1. Why not? It`s awesome. and, 2. This is usually around the time that you get a little worried that you`ve wasted your time! Chayote flowers and fruits really late, but once it gets going it really wants to make up for lost time!

Never tried chayote? Grab a ticket for our Trial to Table dinner (link in our bio). #chayote #experimentaltrials #trialtotable
...

27 9

Showing off some stuff at @georgiaorganics
#experimentalroots #tropicalperennials #croptrials #eatmoreroots
...

33 1

Chayote rooted from stem cuttings and almost ready for sharing and planting.
#chayote #strengthindiversity #growyourownfood
...

24 4

Here`s a selection of edible summer greens growing at the #experimentalfarm right now. Even though you may never have tried (or maybe heard) of some of these, they are not new. We did not discover them. They belong to cultures older and wiser, ancestral work done to create many of the food crops that exist today, both known and forgotten.

We support eating and exploring these crops, and there is resilience in a diversified food system that will be much needed as climate change continues. But climate justice and climate work goes hand in hand with social justice and social work, so respecting those who came before (the work, the culture, the traditons, the people) is critical to our journey.

This picture shows a world of possibilities, but it also shows the world.

Top Row, Left to Right
1. Permelon (Cucurbita maxima)
2. Butternut (Cucurbita moschata)
3-4. Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas)
5 (top). Southern Pea (Vigna unguiculata)
5 (bottom). African Basil (Ocimum gratissimum)
6. Moringa (Moringa oleifera)

Bottom Row, Left to Right
1. Chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius)
2. Sunset Hibiscus (Abelmoschus manihot)
3-4. Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)
5. Abelmoschus tetraphyllus
6 (top). Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
6 (bottom). Chayote (Sechium edule)

#summergreens #diversefood #chayote #chaya #taro #moringa #hibiscus #okra #southernpeas #basil #squash #sweetpotato #eatyourgreens #leafygreens #greens #notallgreensarered
...

88 14

Chayote harvest before the frost (maybe?!). Also known as Chocho and Mirliton.

#tuspchayote #chayote #mirliton
...

60 7

We`ve promised a farm feast to remember and that`s what we`re planning to do!
Here`s the first batch of chayote, heading to @brinedandcured of @auxbaravl to transform into some delicious vegetarian taco filling. @thechefsfarmer will be making the homemade tacos with trial corn!
#tacos #chayote #TrialToTable
...

51 1

Excited to be part of the Ishreal Thibodeaux White Mirliton Preservation Project. This rare mirliton (aka Chayote) was sent to me by @chefjohnfolse, who has one of the last live vines of this heirloom mirliton. We`ll be growing it out and giving it some very special attention to ensure its survival.

#mirliton #chayote #seedpreservation #heirlooms #seedequalsfood
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