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Family: CUCURBITACEAE 

 Sechium edule
 


Photo by Tom Andres.

  
Author:  Olof Peter Swartz 1800
Family:  Cucurbitaceae
Habitat:  Central America
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  6 Centimetres
Height:  12 Metres
Flower:  Crème - Pale Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings?
Pop names:  Aguate, Chayotillo, Chayotillo Espinoso, Chuchu, Sayote, Tayota, Choko, Chocho, Chow-Chow, Christophene, Mirliton, Vegetable Pear, Starprecianté, Citrayota, Citrayote, Pear Squash, Labu Siam, Chuchu, Christofine
Synonyms:  Sicyos laciniatus Linné 1753. Cucumis acutangulus Linné 1753. Sicyos edulis Jacq. 1760. Sicyos edulis Jacq. 1760. Chayota edulis Jacq. 1780. Sechium americanum Poir. 1806. Cucumis acutangulus Descourt. 1827. Sicyos laciniatus Descourt. 1827. Sechium chayota Hemsl. 1880.

The fruits by P. Schönfelder


A fruit with a sprout. Photo by Maarten van Thiel.


A fruit cut in half. Photo by Maarten van Thiel.

   This member of the Cucurbitaceae family was given this name by Olof Peter Swartz in 1800. It is found in the highlands of Central America, growing in a rich and drained soil with lots of water and some to full sun. The tuberous roots can grow to six centimetres in diameter, the vines grow to twelve metres or more. The flowers are crème to pale yellow.

 The lemon size fruit only contain one seed, and it should be sown with the entire fruit! It might actually start growing within the fresh fruit.