The fruit of youth with many varieties
It has many different names and comes in several varieties, but they all have the same antioxidant properties that can keep us young. We are talking about Chayote, (scientific name: Sechium edule), a type of squash native to Central America that the French people call Christophine and Italians call zucca centenaria or zucchina spinosa, patata spinosa, melanzana spinosa, melanzana americana, lingua di lupo, depending on the type of spine.
Chayote is used in weight-loss diets due to its low calorie count and high concentration of important nutrients, such as vitamins, amino acids and mineral salts. Not to be overlooked is the fact that it is a rich source of folic acid, which makes it very good for pregnant women. This fruit is also renowned for its therapeutic properties, in particular, its anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-oxidant effects. For this reason it is often used as a component in dietary supplements and beauty creams.
In Italy, we cook it in the same way as our home-grown pumpkins, using it both raw and cooked, as a main course and as a filling for tortelli, savoury pies and cannelloni.