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Choco, Xuxu, Alligator pear, Kajot, Choke, Merliton, Christophine, Vegetable pear, Pepineca

Cucurbitaceae Sechium edule (Jacq.) Sw.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is an important food crop in tropical regions, including the West Indies. In the U.S., it can be grown in areas having mild winters. The plant is a perennial-rooted vine, which bears fruit that is green to white and varying in size from a few ounces up to 2 pounds. It somewhat resembles summer squash both in appearance and use. Fruit surface may be smooth or wrinkled or prickly. In tropical regions the plants are often trained on trellis or other supports and produce fruit almost continuously. Fruits contain a single large seed. In the U.S., fruits are usually eaten, after boiling or frying. In the tropics, roots as well as fruits are used as food.

Season, bloom to maturity: About 2 months, but bloom and fruit setting continuous.

Production in U.S.: No data. Minor in continental U.S.

Use: Fresh market. Cooked vegetable.

Part of plant consumed: All of fruit except seed; tuberous root.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch