When the Okinawan yam is cooked, its rich purple color intensifies. It can be stored up to six week s in a cool dry location.
Porcini mushrooms are an edible wild mushroom whose fruitbody can be described as having a dense, white stipe (stem) that will turn yellow-brown with age. It has a large cap that is pale to rust brown and continues to darken as it matures.
Inventory, 10 lbs : 1.00
This item was last sold on : 12/08/13
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.
|Local Habit||San Diego CA||619-795-4770|
|Baja Betty's||San Diego CA||619-269-8510|
|Table 926||San Diego CA||858-539-0926|
|Prepkitchen Little Italy||San Diego CA||619-247-0394|
|Hyatt Islandia||San Diego CA||619-224-1234|
|Casino Pauma||PAUMA VALLEY CA||760-891-7961|
|Indulge Contemporary Catering||San Diego CA||858-270-5700|
|Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-759-6063|
|In The Market||San Diego CA||619-232-6367|
|Paradise Point Resort Main Kitchen||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
|Art Institute of San Diego||San Diego CA||858-598-1200|
|Chateau La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-459-4451|
|Finch's Wine Bar & Bistro||La Jolla CA||858-456-4056|
|Firefly Beach||San Diego CA||619-222-6440|
|Aztec Shops Catering||San Diego CA||619-594-7641|
|Bridges (at El Cajon Blvd)||San Diego CA||619-501-9448|
Recipes that include Chayote Squash. One is easiest, three is harder.
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Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 22 days ago, 11/17/13
Spotter's comments : Chayote Squash spotted at Uwajimaya. A fun alternative to your traditional squash!
Near Tipton, England, United Kingdom
About 28 days ago, 11/11/13
Little Italy Mercato
Near San Diego, California, United States
About 37 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 48 days ago, 10/22/13
Spotter's comments : Chayote Squash spotted at La Tiendidta De Linda Vista. .79 cents/lb
Near Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
About 105 days ago, 8/26/13
Sprouts East Lake
Near Chula Vista, California, United States
About 272 days ago, 3/12/13
fresh market bedford nh
Near Bedford, New Hampshire, United States
About 318 days ago, 1/25/13