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What's this fruit?

AndreaNg
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What's this fruit?

These fruit are growing on some lattice on our fence. The plant is on the neighbour's side so I don't know what it is. Does anyone know?

 

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Moderator Natasha
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Re: What's this fruit?

I am no expert but it looks like a Choko or chayote (/sa-yo-tay/). It belongs to the same family as cucumbers and squash.
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darylhewston
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Re: What's this fruit?

@AndreaNg

 

Yep as @Natasha says it is definately a choko.  Not a lot of flavour.  I like them peeled and roasted (Deb doesn't like them).  Leaves a really weird feeling on the skin after peeling.  About $3 each at the shops over here.

 

Cheers

Daryl

 

Helen
Senior Contributor

Re: What's this fruit?

I am surprised that you could eat it!  It's a pest in my book, I put it out every time I see it. When those pods open the seed flies every where! It will be an ongoing job for me as it is growing on next door fence & I often see it as I walk our block!

Kermit
Valued Contributor

Re: What's this fruit?

When I was growing up there was a persistent urban myth that McDonalds used choko in its apple pies and just added apple flavouring as they were dirt cheap and had zero flavour. 

AndreaNg
Established Contributor

Re: What's this fruit?

Thanks everyone. When do you pick them? How do you know they are ripe?

Kermit
Valued Contributor

Re: What's this fruit?

This is a good guide @AndreaNg - http://www.wikihow.com/Select-and-Use-Chokos-(Chayote-Squash)

 

It tells you how to select them and how to cook them. 

darylhewston
Super Contributor

Re: What's this fruit?

@Kermit

 

Don't know how much it is true but have heard the same over the years

 

Cheers

Daryl

AndreaNg
Established Contributor

Re: What's this fruit?

They are still growing in big numbers! Haven't been brave enough to eat one though.

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