Chayote is an edible plant that belongs to the gourd family along with melons, cucumbers and squash. Chayote Con Espinas is dark green in color and is completely covered in thorns. It has a crisp whitish flesh with high water content and subtle flavor.
Chayote is generally lightly cooked to retain the crisp flavor. Raw chayote may be added to salads or salsas, and it is often marinated with lime or lemon. Chayote is a good source of potassium, vitamin C and folic acid.