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Though chayote is often found in Caribbean recipes, it’s underused elsewhere. With a sweet, starchy, slightly fruity flavor, it lends a lot of taste to this simple dish.
What to buy: Chayote is a gourd common to Caribbean cuisine, and it goes by many aliases: chocho, mirliton, christophene, vegetable pear. Females have smooth skin, while males have prickly skin; either will work in this recipe, though the female fruit is easier to prepare. Look for chayotes that are firm and free from blemishes. If you can’t find chayote, substitute squash or potatoes.
This dish was featured as part of our Recipes for Fall Ingredients photo gallery.