Growing Chayote - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, FL
Question by hank9
March 24, 1998
Please send any info you have on the chayote. I've been given two, and told they're a kind of squash.


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Answer from NGA
March 24, 1998

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are small. Fertilizing at more frequent intervals might be necessary when conditions waraent. Well rotted animal manures or composted materials are beneficial.

Both male and female flowers occur on the same vine. These flowers are visited by insects, both wasps and bees, which facilitate pollination.

Chayote is served in many ways: creamed, buttered, fried, stuffed, baked, frittered, boiled, mashed, pickled, in salads, or in pies.

Following harvest the fruits may be stored in edible condition for several weeks if wrapped in newspaper and kept cool (50-55 degrees F). At room temperature, the fruit will shrivel and sprout. are small. Fertilizing at more frequent intervals might be necessary when conditions waraent. Well rotted animal manures or composted materials are beneficial.

Both male and female flowers occur on the same vine. These flowers are visited by insects, both wasps and bees, which facilitate pollination.

Chayote is served in many ways: creamed, buttered, fried, stuffed, baked, frittered, boiled, mashed, pickled, in salads, or in pies.

Following harvest the fruits may be stored in edible condition for several weeks if wrapped in newspaper and kept cool (50-55 degrees F). At room temperature, the fruit will shrivel and sprout.

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