Kharbooza, or Musk melons range in size from large orange to a volleyball. Some Musk melons have a distinct musk smell, which is how they earned their musky moniker
Mexican Key Limes
Mexican Key limes resemble common limes but are generally smaller and more rounded, roughly two inches in diameter. Their kelly green skin is often blushed with yellow, a sign of ripeness.
Inventory, 10 lbs : 3.00
This item was last sold on : 04/21/14
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.
|San Diego Desserts||San Diego CA||619-287-8186|
|The Hake||La Jolla CA||619-994-7832|
|Baja Betty's||San Diego CA||619-269-8510|
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|Chateau La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-459-4451|
|Paradise Point Resort Barefoot||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
|Aztec Shops Catering||San Diego CA||619-594-7641|
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|Finch's Wine Bar & Bistro||La Jolla CA||858-456-4056|
|Paradise Point Resort Main Kitchen||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
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|Lauberge Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-259-1515|
|Festivities Catering||San Diego CA||858-586-2121|
Recipes that include Chayote Squash. One is easiest, three is harder.
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La comercial mexicana
Near Colonial, Baja California, Mexico
About 29 days ago, 3/25/14
Spotter's comments : Chayote Squash spotted at La comercial mexicana.
FRESH by Brookshire's Near Flint, Texas, United States
About 49 days ago, 3/05/14
La Comercial Mexicana Near Colonial, Baja California, Mexico
About 67 days ago, 2/15/14
Spotter's comments : Chayote Squash spotted at La Comercial Mexicana.
Publix Near Orange, Florida, United States
About 74 days ago, 2/08/14
The Fresh Market Near Santa Barbara, California, United States
About 77 days ago, 2/05/14
Spotter's comments : I spotted Chayote Squash at The Fresh Market.
Wal-Mart Near Brooksville, Florida, United States
About 79 days ago, 2/03/14
Spotter's comments : $1.18 each
Fred Meyer Near Bellevue, Washington, United States
About 92 days ago, 1/21/14
Rouses in mandeville Near Lacombe, Louisiana, United States
About 92 days ago, 1/20/14
Food 4 Less- Vallejo Near Vallejo, California, United States
About 95 days ago, 1/18/14
Oakwood Georgia Wal-Mart Near Gainesville, Georgia, United States
About 95 days ago, 1/18/14
Uwajimaya Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 157 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 163 days ago, 11/11/13
Little Italy Mercato Near San Diego, California, United States
About 172 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 183 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 240 days ago, 8/26/13
Sprouts East Lake Near Chula Vista, California, United States
About 407 days ago, 3/12/13
fresh market bedford nh Near Bedford, New Hampshire, United States
About 453 days ago, 1/25/13