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Chayote: A 2019 food trend ?

The chayote squash – also known as chocho, mirliton, Buddha’s hand melon or laplap – is a Latin American gourd that, during the Columbian exchange, spread across the Caribbean into the present-day American south, the Philippines and throughout Asia.

It is said to be a superfood for its nutritious properties – which include regulating cholesterol, improving circulation and reducing blood sugar. The chayote has been identified by Pinterest as a 2019 food trend after a 76% surge in searches on the web platform in 2018.

According to¸ the crunchy, sweet squash is versatile enough to work in stews and soups, be baked with cheese or star in a salad.


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