Chayote!

CHAYOTE!  It looks like a green pear, feels like an apple, and is a member of the squash family — and and tastes neutral enough to go with almost anything!

As one of the only vegetables in the world I can eat, I’m relying on it several times a week now to provide potassium and vitamin C.  There are many ways to prepare Chayote, but here’s my current favorite.

Using latex gloves on your hands (the skin of the Chayote produces a sticky substance that is a skin irritant), peel the Chayote with a peeler, cut it in half, and scoop out the pit.  Chop and throw into a large pot.  Caramelize with butter, sugar and sea salt (to taste) til soft and brown on the edges (the browner, the sweeter).  

And that’s it!  It’s delicious, and you might have to fend off the rest of your family.  You can grill it, bake it, pop it in a soup or even eat it raw, and you can find it at your local Asian or Latino food market … or even Walmart!  Whatever you do, if you need a low-sal, sulphite-free diet, this is one essential that you MUST eat regularly in your diet to keep your body healthy and give you the nutrients you need.