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Chayote Squash

(Chayote Squash)  Chayote squash looks something like a large somewhat flattened pear with a skin color similar to a light green apple, and has small ridges that run lengthwise.  Chayote is a gourd-like member of the squash family that, when cooked, has a similar flavor to zucchini squash.  It also has a single large edible seed in the middle that is quite flavorful.  Historically, chayote squash is a native of Central and South America, and was a staple food of the Aztecs and Mayas.  Select chayote that are small, firm and unblemished.  They can be stored whole in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a month.  Chayote squash can be baked or added as an ingredient to soups and stews.  See the nutritional chart below.

Chayote, fruit, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt

Refuse: 0%  
Scientific Name: 
NDB No: 11150 (Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion)

Nutrient Units Value per
100 grams
Number
of Data
Points
Std.
Error
1.00 X 1 cup (1" pieces)
-------
160g
Proximates
Water
g
93.43
0
0
149.49
Energy
kcal
24
0
0
38
Energy
kj
100
0
0
160
Protein
g
0.62
1
0
0.99
Total lipid (fat)
g
0.48
1
0
0.77
Ash
g
0.38
1
0
0.61
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
5.09
0
0
8.14
Fiber, total dietary
g
2.8
0
0
4.5
Minerals
Calcium, Ca
mg
13
1
0
21
Iron, Fe
mg
0.22
1
0
0.35
Magnesium, Mg
mg
12
1
0
19
Phosphorus, P
mg
29
1
0
46
Potassium, K
mg
173
1
0
277
Sodium, Na
mg
1
1
0
2
Zinc, Zn
mg
0.31
0
0
0.50
Copper, Cu
mg
0.110
0
0
0.176
Manganese, Mn
mg
0.169
0
0
0.270
Selenium, Se
mcg
0.3
0
0
0.5
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
8.0
0
0
12.8
Thiamin
mg
0.026
0
0
0.042
Riboflavin
mg
0.040
0
0
0.064
Niacin
mg
0.420
0
0
0.672
Pantothenic acid
mg
0.408
0
0
0.653
Vitamin B-6
mg
0.118
0
0
0.189
Folate, total
mcg
18
0
0
29
Folic acid
mcg
0
0
0
0
Folate, food
mcg
18
0
0
29
Folate, DFE
mcg_DFE
18
0
0
29
Vitamin B-12
mcg
0.00
0
0
0.00
Vitamin A, IU
IU
47
0
0
75
Vitamin A, RAE
mcg_RAE
2
0
0
3
Retinol
mcg
0
0
0
0
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
0.086
0
0
0.138
Cholesterol
mg
0
0
0
0
Amino acids
Tryptophan
g
0.008
0
0
0.013
Threonine
g
0.031
0
0
0.050
Isoleucine
g
0.033
0
0
0.053
Leucine
g
0.058
0
0
0.093
Lysine
g
0.030
0
0
0.048
Methionine
g
0.001
0
0
0.002
Phenylalanine
g
0.036
0
0
0.058
Tyrosine
g
0.024
0
0
0.038
Valine
g
0.047
0
0
0.075
Arginine
g
0.026
0
0
0.042
Histidine
g
0.011
0
0
0.018
Alanine
g
0.038
0
0
0.061
Aspartic acid
g
0.069
0
0
0.110
Glutamic acid
g
0.094
0
0
0.150
Glycine
g
0.031
0
0
0.050
Proline
g
0.033
0
0
0.053
Serine
g
0.035
0
0
0.056
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 18 (2005)

The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31):  'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.   God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV)  Let no animal suffer or die that we may live! 

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