Food of the Week

Chayote

  • 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.

 

Mirliton Relish

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 0

Total Fat: 0

Saturated fat: 0

Cholesterol: 0

Sodium: 30mg

Potassium: 290mg

Carbs: 129

Fiber: 4g

Sugars: 5g

Protein: 2g


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