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Friday Food 24 – Chayote Shoots

ChopsticksFriday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week chayote shoots.

I guess some people are familiar with chayote, the gourd also known among other names, as christophene, vegetable pear, mirliton, choko etc. In Chinese it is 佛手瓜 (literally, Buddha’s hand gourd).

Perhaps less well known is that the leaves and young shoots of the chayote vine are also edible and a popular vegetable in southern China. Often described as 龙须菜 (literally, dragon beard vegetable), they also are sometimes more prosaically described as 佛手瓜苗, meaning chayote shoots. Sometimes they come with pretty white flowers which are also edible.

Chayote shoots are usually simply stir fried as a green vegetable dish. The bunch above, bought yesterday in Nancheng supermarket was ¥2.70 which works out at ¥4 / 500g. Available in most supermarkets and markets.

Stir Fried Chayote SHoots

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2 Responses to “Friday Food 24 – Chayote Shoots”

  1. Ray Says:

    AAAAAAH !! This is a favourite of ours in South Africa. We peel, boil and eat with melted butter, cheese and salt and pepper. Now that I know we can get them here, I shall become fat in Liuzhou !!

  2. Kaiwen Says:

    佛手瓜苗 fó shǒu guā miáo is pretty cool too, “Buddha’s hand” and all



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