What is Buddha Palm?
Is it a fruit or a vegetable?
Buddha palm (mainly known as chayote [chai·ow·tei]), is also known as mirliton squash or vegetable pear because of its pear-like shape and size, is pale green on the outside, with white flesh on the inside. It belongs to the gourd family and is a relative to cucumbers, zucchini, and melons.
Buddha palm has high levels of potassium, vitamin C, and amino acids with high water and fiber content, making them fairly low in calories compared to other fruit.
How do you eat it?
The entire vegetable is edible — skin, flesh, seeds, shoots, leaves, flowers, and roots. It can be eaten raw or steamed, boiled, baked, stuffed, fried, and marinated.