Chayote squash belongs to the gourd family and is a type of summer squash that originated in Mexico and Central America. It is similar in shape and size to a pear and it has a mild flavor and crunchy texture similar to a cucumber or potato.
Chayote can be enjoyed raw to add a crunch to salads or cooked (typically like a squash or potato) but it needs to be cooked longer than typical summer squash because it is a bit firmer. It is great grilled, roasted, steamed, as an addition to stir frys, soups, stews, casseroles and more. The seed is also edible.
Crystal Valley chayote squash is available year-round from Costa Rica.
Look for chayote that is firm and has a light to dark green color without blemishes.