Witch Fingers Grapes
Witch Finger table grapes have elongated purple drupes. They look like small maroon chili peppers, tightly clustered together on bright green stems.
Wild Rice Shoots
The actual Wild Rice plant grows from 1.2 to 2.4 m in height and its leaves, when fully elongated, measure from 30 to 60 cm in length. The enlarged shoots are harvested, and the upper leaves cut off showing only the shoot with husk-like wrapper leaves.
Inventory, 10 lbs : 1.40
This item was last sold on : 03/07/14
Chayote squash is available year round, though peak harvests are fall through late spring.
The Chayote squash, scientific name, Sechium edule, is the edible fruit of a tropical perennial vine plant which is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with other squashes, gourds, cucumbers and melons. Although the most commercially known varieties are lime green and pear shaped, Chayote squashes have many different guises. There are varieties with different colors, shapes and textures, though their shared common denominator is their flesh's color and the fruit's flavor. As the Chayote squash is utilized in so many cultures it has adopted many other common names, including Madeira marrow, vegetable pear, gayota, huisquil, papa del aire, chocho and pimpinella.
Chayote squash is defined by its ubiquitous pear-like shape, its pale lime green coloring and the deep linear indentations along the fruit's thin skin that meet at its flower end. Its creamy white hued flesh has a semi-crisp texture that becomes succulent to cottony as it matures. Its central core contains small seeds, which though edible are most often discarded. Chayote squash's flavor is lacking in depth and offers a mere insipid taste, thus allowing it to be a carrier sponge of other accompanying ingredient's flavors. The Chayote fruit is just one of the edible elements of the plant; its tendrils, flowers, even its roots are also edible, thus expanding its culinary utilities.
Chayote squash can be eaten both raw and cooked. As it lacks any definitive flavors, its textural qualities play center stage in its culinary uses. It is often shredded and added to salads, along with fresh and bright flavors such as cilantro, greens and citrus. The fruit can be grilled, peeled and added to soups, stews and casseroles. Slow roast Chayote squash and serve as an accompaniment to main courses featuring pork, poultry or shrimp. Other complimentary flavors and ingredients include legumes, chiles, both soft and hard cheeses, garlic, cumin, summer melons and nuts such as pistachios and almonds. In addition to the fruit, the tendrils and shoots of the Chayote squash can be added to salads, its flowers stuffed then fried and its seeds dried and toasted.
Chayote squash originally defined culinary elements of the Aztecs in central Mexico. The Aztec appetite would spread throughout Mexico and Central America and eventually Spain adapted the influence of Chayote squash, among other New World ingredients, into their cuisines. Ironically, Spanish explorers would bring the Chayote squash back with them to other New World destinations, specifically within the West Indies and the Caribbean.
Chayote squash is native to the cultural and regional areas of Mesoamerica, specifically central Mexico. It is one of the earliest cultivated plants within the New World, though there is no definitive archaeological evidence to prove just how long Chayote squash has been in existence. The Chayote squash's global presence now places it on every continent throughout the world besides Antarctica, growing at sea level heights up to 6,000 feet. As its semi-tropical origins suggest, though, it prefers warm climates, ample soil moisture and long summer days (at least 12 hours of sunlight are needed for the plant's to flower). Its roots can run deep and wide and its vines can grow up to 50 feet in length, which has placed the plant on some regions' invasive plant lists, including Hawaii, where the plant is primarily grown in home gardens.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Mesa College||San Diego CA||619-388-2240|
|Hotel Palomar-Salt Box||San Diego CA||619-515-4062|
|Aztec Shops Catering||San Diego CA||619-594-7641|
|San Diego Desserts||San Diego CA||619-287-8186|
|In The Market||San Diego CA||619-232-6367|
|Hyatt Islandia||San Diego CA||619-224-1234|
|Claire's on Cedros||Solana Beach CA||858-259-8597|
|Finch's Wine Bar & Bistro||La Jolla CA||858-456-4056|
|Paradise Point Resort Barefoot||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
|Baja Betty's||San Diego CA||619-269-8510|
|The Glass Door||San Diego CA||619-544-0164|
|Gang Kitchen||San Diego CA||619-550-1600|
|Bridges (at El Cajon Blvd)||San Diego CA||619-501-9448|
|Marriott Marquis & Marina San Diego||San Diego CA||619-234-1500 x6113|
|Chateau La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-459-4451|
|Pete's Premade Paleo||San Diego CA||770-354-1150|
|Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center||National City CA||619-434-4281|
|US Grant Hotel Main||San Diego CA||619-232-3121|
|Table 926||San Diego CA||858-539-0926|
|Bistro West||Carlsbad CA||760-431-9195|
|Bishop School||San Diego CA||858-459-4021 x212|
|Sheraton La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-453-5500|
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FRESH by Brookshire's
Near Flint, Texas, United States
About 2 days ago, 3/05/14
Publix Near Orange, Florida, United States
About 27 days ago, 2/08/14
The Fresh Market Near Santa Barbara, California, United States
About 30 days ago, 2/05/14
Spotter's comments : I spotted Chayote Squash at The Fresh Market.
Wal-Mart Near Brooksville, Florida, United States
About 32 days ago, 2/03/14
Spotter's comments : $1.18 each
Fred Meyer Near Bellevue, Washington, United States
About 45 days ago, 1/21/14
Rouses in mandeville Near Lacombe, Louisiana, United States
About 46 days ago, 1/20/14
Food 4 Less- Vallejo Near Vallejo, California, United States
About 48 days ago, 1/18/14
Oakwood Georgia Wal-Mart Near Gainesville, Georgia, United States
About 49 days ago, 1/18/14
Uwajimaya Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 110 days ago, 11/17/13
Spotter's comments : Chayote Squash spotted at Uwajimaya. A fun alternative to your traditional squash!
morrisons sheldon Near Tipton, United Kingdom
About 116 days ago, 11/11/13
Little Italy Mercato Near San Diego, California, United States
About 126 days ago, 11/02/13
Spotter's comments : Chayote Squash spotted at Little Italy Mercato.
La Tiendidta De Linda Vista Near San Diego, CA, United States
About 136 days ago, 10/22/13
Spotter's comments : Chayote Squash spotted at La Tiendidta De Linda Vista. .79 cents/lb
Mercado Hidalgo Near Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
About 193 days ago, 8/26/13
Sprouts East Lake Near Chula Vista, California, United States
About 360 days ago, 3/12/13
fresh market bedford nh Near Bedford, New Hampshire, United States
About 407 days ago, 1/25/13