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The revenge of the Chayote leaves

rworange | Sep 27, 2008 09:29 AM

I was listening Rick Frontera's show on PBS about tamales and he started talking about all the health benefits of Chayote leaves.

I have an agressive, to put it mildly, chayote plant. The thought of being able to hack away another part of this plant fills me with a type of insane glee. So, any recipe ideas would be appreciated. Steves did warn the leaves are toxic unless cooked.

So far on the web I've found these (there ain't many)

Steamed Tilapia Fillet on Sayote Tops Ensalada
http://bernardosworld.blogspot.com/20...

Chayote Leaves with Garlic Recipe
http://www.asianfreerecipes.com/asian...

Salmon head and chayote tops soup
http://www.pinoycook.net/salmon-head-...

While that last recipe might be the health food of the gods, chayote are disturbing enough to me. The thought of a soup of it with a fish head staring at me from the green murky depths ... don't think that would be a good thing for me nightmare-wise. There's a picture on the website.

I love the taste of chayote. This is my post about the chayote itself.

Chayote chronicles part 1 – raw, fried, boiled, microwaved ... wonderful and so pretty
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/335827

BUT ... the thing just takes over. It makes kudzu look like a wimp. One hot, still day when not a thing was moving. The tip of the chayote started moving and twisting, reaching out and trying to attach to something ... no really. Maybe that part of the feeler was just so light that a micro breeze moved it ... but still ... I think the chayote was the REAL inspiration for Little Shop of Horrors.

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