There are no U.S. grade standards for Chayote Squash. These instructions have been developed by the Fresh Products Branch to assist officially licensed inspectors in making inspections, writing certificates and to assist in the proper identification of specialty type fruits and vegetables.
Chayote Squash (Choko, Vegetable Pear, Mirliton, Custard Marrow Mango Squash, Chaco, Choco, Tallon, Tallote, Chocho, Christophene Laboe Siam) is a native of Mexico usually imported to U.S. markets. However, it has been grown successfully in the tropical areas of the southern United States, but it is unlikely that it will become an abundant cash crop. It belongs to the same family as the cucumber and gourd and grows from long climbing vines. It has a pleasant taste and is low in calories. It can be eaten raw or cooked.
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