- Chayote (pronounced chī-ˈyō-tē) like pumpkin is one of the vegetables which is very low calories; provide just 16 calories per 100 g and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol.
- It is rich a source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins.
- As in other gourd family vegetables like zucchini, chayote too provides moderate levels of potassium. 100 g fresh fruit contains 125 mg or 2.5% of recommended daily requirements of this electrolyte.
- When taken adequately before and during early pregnancy, this vitamin can help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies
*Fun Fact: It is believed as a contemporary legend that this fruit caused the mummification of people from the Colombian town of San Bernardo who extensively consumed it.
- 3 ½ pounds chayote squash (about 6 large), peeled, seeded, cut into 1/3-inch dice (8 cups)
- 1 ½ cups chopped red onion
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 cup thinly sliced green onion (about 6)
- 6 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
- Toss to blend
- Season generously with salt and pepper
- Cover and chill at least 2 hours, tossing occasionally
Tip: Use rubber gloves when peeling chayote because the uncooked vegetable leaves a chalky, sticky residue that is difficult to wash off.
Total Fat: 0
Saturated fat: 0