The chayote (Sechium edule), also known as Su Su (Vietnam) is an edible plant that belongs to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae along with melons, cucumbers and squash...The chayote fruit is used in both raw and cooked forms. When cooked, chayote is usually handled like summer squash, it is generally lightly cooked to retain the crisp flavor. Raw chayote may be added to salads or salsas...Although most people are familiar only with the fruit as edible, the root, stem, seeds, and leaves are as well. The tubers of the plant are eaten like potatoes and other root vegetables while the shoots and leaves are often consumed in salads and stir fries, especially in Asia.
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