Saturday, 19 April 2008

Never Heard of One

Have you ever heard of a choko (also known as chayote, vegetable pear or mango squash)? I hadn't until today when one of the ladies at croquet brought some in.

Apparantly they are a native of Central America and were taken back to Europe by the Spanish explorers and from there were introduced to parts of Asia. They grow on a climbing plant. Some varieties have spines, others are spineless. Colours range from green to ivory white. They have a very mild flavour, often likened to that of marrow, so are usually cooked with other stronger tasting foods like pesto, ginger, garlic and tomatoes. Choko shoots are sometimes eaten in Asian cooking.

Perhaps you knew all that but, if you didn't, then you do now.

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