Chayote plant characteristics

JimR441February 4, 2013

Two years ago I purchased a chayote which had started to sprout, and planted it in the garden. This year I haven't been taking good care of that area and the vine has taken off, growing up into the cypress trees over the garden. It looks very healthy and this year has at least two fruit -- but the fruit, while they have the shape and color of a market chayote, are covered with short, sharp spines.

This is the first time we've gotten fruit from the chayote so we don't know what to expect, and I haven't seen any assistance on the internet.

Can you tell -- will the spines fall off leaving a smooth skin? Is this the type of fruit we're going to get? Should we cut these when they're ripe and peel the skin off? - - and how can we tell when they're ripe?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

When they are ripe you can score the skin with your fingernail. Many chayote are spiny, you must have had a hybrid that is now showing daddy's genes. edibility is not affected except they are more painful to peel.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 10:09AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Calling all Sweetcrisp owners!!!
Dear Sweetcrisp owners, Over here in Australia we are...
avacado seed help ASAP
So I chose the damp paper napkin method to get my seed...
Trisha Stewart
Something ate part of this apple tree
This a seedling I started last year. Last night something...
Help... pest eggs on orange fruits
Orange fruits got quite some eggs on them. I have searched...
Is it just me or have my plum tree buds gotten bigger lately?
I have a bruce plum tree that i planted last september. It...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™