***NOT TAS*** (Sechium edule) Heirloom from Mexico. Also known as 'Chayote' or 'Vegetable Pear'. Perennial. Annual in cooler areas. Large, green, pear shaped fruit with delicate, nutty flavour. Commonly used in pickles & chutneys. With added sweetener makes a good substitute for apples & pears in cooked dishes. Dried vines may be used for basket weaving & roots of 3-4 year old plants may also be eaten with flavour resembling sweet potato. Shoots & tendrils may be used to add interest to stir-fry & salads. Harvest whole fruits when young at 4-5cm for eating raw or leave to mature until 10-15cm long. Plant whole fruit on side until half covered with soil. Do not fully cover as it may rot. Protect plants from hot winds & frosts.
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