Plant a mirliton (vegetable pear or chayote) for a vigorous vine that will cover an arbor for shade, a wire fence or a large trellis. It’s not uncommon to see an old swing set being recycled as support for a mirliton vine. There is a belief that it takes two plants for fruit production. This is not true – one plant will produce fruit since both male and female flowers develop on the same plant.
Buy a firm, unblemished, smooth mirliton fruit (white or light green). Some retailers may have already planted some saving you the time to germinate the plant but otherwise I recommend looking for rounded fruits rather than the more heavily ribbed fruits. Rounded fruit makes preparing the vegetable much easier in the kitchen next fall. The flesh is mild but picks up other food flavors nicely. Stuffed mirlitons with beef or shrimp are a local favorite and hard to beat.
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