Mirlitons -  The unofficial fall vegetable of Louisiana

Think New Orleans food, and staples like muffulettas, crawfish, beignets, and po’boys come to mind. But each October, a lesser-known native delicacy creeps across yards and up trellises all around the city. A wrinkly, pale green gourd, the mirliton—known as chayote in the Latin American culinary canon—dates back to at least the 1800s in the city (probably brought from the Caribbean and Mexico) and remains a backyard favorite. 

Ever heard of Chayote Squash? If the answer is no, then you are missing out.

I grew up eating this fruit in Honduras. And my favorite way to prepare it is baked, like a twice-baked potato. Here is how I do it:

1. Cut in to halves and steam until tender (and you can easily pierce with fork)
2. Scoop out the meaty inside and put in a separate bowl, making sure to leave the shell intact.
3. Mash up the scooped out meat, add a little shredded cheese, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Spoon the mix into the chayote shells, top with extra cheese, and bake for a few minutes, until cheese is melted.
5. Enjoy.

It is delicious, and a great source of vitamin C!!

Chayote health benefits

1. Helps to prevent Cancer

Vitamin C protect cells from damage. Chayote contains a high amount of vitamin C

2. Helps to Produce Energy

Chayote content maganese which helps your body produce energy

3.Helps reduce blood pressure and Helps to prevent leg cramps

Chayote contains properties that can help prevent muscle cramps and lower your blood pressure.

4.Good for your heart health

Chayote has an abundance of folate which helps prevents harmful build up which causes a risk for heart diseases and stroke.

5.Helps to prevent constipation

If you’re constipated chayote can help you clear out your system.

6. Keeps Thyroid Healthy.

It’s helps you to keep you thyroid healthy

7.Acne Control

Chayote coins has a good amount of zinc with helps control the amount of oil your skin produces.