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Post: # 68871Unread post Rajun Gardener
Mon May 02, 2022 8:38 am

I have one word for you to research and you'll also find recipes. MIRLITON https://www.mirliton.org/

The Louisiana varieties grow bigger and have little spikes on them, the plants will last years if you protect the roots from freezing resulting in a few hundred harvested. They do have a bland taste but it pairs well with seafood, we also pickle them and they sell like hot cakes in gumbo season.
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https://www.louisianacookin.com/seafood ... mirlitons/
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Mon May 02, 2022 8:45 am

I wonder if you could ferment the things.
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Mon May 02, 2022 9:17 am

I'm guessing yes, give it a try!!
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Mon May 02, 2022 11:07 am

For a large selection of squash/gourds/bitter melons, https://asiangarden2table.com is where I go.
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Mon May 02, 2022 12:57 pm

@Rajun Gardener that was a great link you shared on the mirliton. The whole history of this vegetable in the US is fascinating. I have this foggy memory of seeing mirliton in Louisiana on a trip there. Sounds like I really need to get one of the local Louisiana sea level adapted types vs. the store bought mountain type chayote. My son’s wife’s mom is from South Louisiana as is my wife’s BIL. He’s from Crowley and I’m going to ask him or maybe my Son’s wife mom or someone to try to get me a few of the Louisiana adapted heirloom versions. The white mirliton look especially interesting.
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Tue May 03, 2022 5:50 pm

Tastless my eye.
After cooking one in hot oil the flavors really jump out all on its own.
Sweet and slightly savory with a pinch of salt.
They in my opinion add an extra dimension to other ingredients.
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Tue May 03, 2022 6:57 pm

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My chayote is already climbing.
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Wed May 04, 2022 3:05 pm

@Rajun Gardener , another thank you for that article. I don't know if it will grow here. They mention one guy in "Carolina" (N or S?) who finally got one to grow. Paying heed to the thing about not using grocery store chayotes (climate problems), I will probably not mess with it until I can find one grown in the Gulf area.
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Wed May 04, 2022 4:17 pm

Mine is putting on it's first leaf.
I have a long horizontal wire it can run on.
I just need to connect it the the tub it is growing in with another wire.
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Post: # 68997Unread post karstopography
Wed May 04, 2022 7:07 pm

I dug mine up and put it in the compost pile. I started to think about the article rajun shared about the mountain vs. Louisiana adapted ones. Viruses, yada. Anyway, okra seed got planted where the mirliton was.
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Wed May 04, 2022 7:10 pm

I'll do the experimenting.
Nothing to lose. ;)
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Fri May 13, 2022 5:29 am

I bought a chayote at the Mexican market the other day.
It was larger than the regular store bought ones and had some beginnings of tell tale spines on it.
Not re spiny but some.
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Post: # 71969Unread post karstopography
Sat Jun 18, 2022 10:12 pm

I tried chayote as food today. It wasn’t bad. I had a few thin slices raw without any seasoning. Not unpleasant or anything. Texture was firm, but not unyielding. I wouldn’t necessarily call it insipid or anything like that. I’d try it again and maybe next time I’ll get a better bead on the flavor. Seems like the flavor is suggestive of things like pears or apples, but it doesn’t get there. It’s not a bold, hit you upside the head flavor bomb. There’s subtle things going on with what I experienced eating chayote, but I’m just not sure what those muted flavors are just yet.
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Wed Jun 22, 2022 12:04 pm

karstopography wrote: Sat Jun 18, 2022 10:12 pm I tried chayote as food today. It wasn’t bad. I had a few thin slices raw without any seasoning. Not unpleasant or anything. Texture was firm, but not unyielding. I wouldn’t necessarily call it insipid or anything like that. I’d try it again and maybe next time I’ll get a better bead on the flavor. Seems like the flavor is suggestive of things like pears or apples, but it doesn’t get there. It’s not a bold, hit you upside the head flavor bomb. There’s subtle things going on with what I experienced eating chayote, but I’m just not sure what those muted flavors are just yet.
If your chayote is anything like the store-bought up here (I'm beginning to think a variety that ships long distances and stores a long time), those muted flavors might be a figment of your imagination. I'll have to try one again to see if the first one I tried was simply a dud.
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Wed Jun 22, 2022 12:46 pm

My chayote bit the dust.
White flies moved in and then disease.
I have never seen a white fly here in all these years till this year.
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Post: # 72225Unread post karstopography
Wed Jun 22, 2022 12:57 pm

I’d still like to make a trip east and eat some of the heirloom Louisiana versions, mirliton, maybe bring back a couple for seed. I’m not opposed to eating more of a vitamin and mineral packed veggie even if the flavor isn’t overwhelming.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ch ... ITLE_HDR_2
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