The colours of these veggies brighten up any salad dish (Photo: Hedy Khoo/The New Paper)Tired of the same old vegetables in your salad? Try chayote, a member of the gourd family. The light green pear-shaped fruit is referred to as Buddha’s hand gourd in Chinese and is also known as choko.
The chayote has a long history. It originated in Mesoamerica and was cultivated by the Aztecs. After the conquest of Mexico, the chayote spread rapidly – cultivated and eaten in Spain, North America, Southeast Asia and China. It is a versatile fruit and can be sliced and stir-fried, boiled in soups or even eaten raw. It has a light and crunchy texture, like a cross between jicama and apple.
If you are gearing up for the festive season, this refreshing salad might be just the dish to make you feel less guilty about the feasting ahead. It can also make an attractive starter or side dish for any parties you are hosting.
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Text: Hedy Khoo/The New Paper