Saturday, March 20, 2010

Something new for our garden: Chayote (Sechium Edule)

I was reading one of my gardening books, Carrots Love Tomatoes, not long ago and came across a name of a vegetable I didn't recognize. The description was alluring to say the least!
"This is a perennial tropical vine, an annual in colder climates, which bears a delicious, light green, pear-shaped fruit in the fall. Two vines must be grown or it will not bear well. Chayotes in a cream sauce are a dish "fit for the gods." I grow them on my garden fence along with cucumbers, where both do exceptionally well. They apparently have no insect enemies and seem to be protective to the cucumbers."
Fit for the gods? Cream sauce? Heck ya I'll try it! I found a great article on Mother Earth News' site which sealed the deal and sent me on a quest to find some of the fruits to sprout and plant whole. I'm excited to see some 30' vines loaded with fruit this fall. I'll keep you updated! Anyone want to experiment with me? I found my chayote fruits at one of our numerous Mexican markets and they didn't take long to sprout on my windowsill.

8 comments:

Ruralrose said...

Excellent post, thanks for the link, I am going to try it too - peace

Marlyn said...

I'll try too, once I get home! Though, I hope they do better than my cukes. I can't seem to grow cukes to save my soul...

MAYBELLINE said...

I just had that book delivered to me via Baker Creek. Love it. Very helpful.

I need to investigate your suggestion. Thanks.

Shauna said...

On a side note- I'm curious to know if you would recommend Carrots Love Tomatoes to others who are looking for companion planting info..? I'm reading mixed reviews about it.

Erin said...

Marlyn I don't have great luck with cukes either. We'll see how this year goes but I've never had a great crop. The vines do great but not much fruit sets!

Shauna I've never read the reviews as I bought the book on suggestion and I really like it. There are some neat ideas and some old-timey advice. There are a few things out of date (off the top of my head one is that she states all apricots and self-fertile and that is not true as I have one!), but my book is well worn from how often I consult it.

ASTAB said...

well i wish i can also get the book to see if there is some thing for those in the tropics
i love gardening but not much of time for it. if u can let me know how i can out of my busy schedules have one.

Sherri said...

Erin that sounds awesome! I'd love to try one...not sure where I'd get it from. I'll hvae to look around!

asonomagarden said...

Do you get Sunset magazine? They just had an article about chayotes the other month. Here's the link: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=523333

As you know we love Carrots Love Tomatoes too. Such a helpful book.