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The Chayote is a vine squash that is commonly grown in California, Mexico, and other places in in the americas.  The fruit is traditionally eaten in a soup, or in a salad.  The tender flesh inside is similar to many other types of squash with a wonderful savory taste.  The plants grow prolifically starting in the spring and give fruit reliably until the first frost of the fall.  To plant one, simply take a fresh live chayote in the summer or fall and bury in the ground a few inches deep, with the opening sticking up out of the ground (see photo).  It should start growing vines in a few weeks.  Keep it well watered if it is not the rainy season.  Build a structure for it to climb on because chayotes don’t like to grow on the ground.

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