Chayote (Chow Chow)
(ORIGIN - INDIA)
Short Description :- Chayote (Chow Chow) is an edible plant belonging to the gourd family. Although most people are familiar only with the fruit as being edible, the root, stem, seeds and leaves are edible as well. The tubers of the plant are eaten like potatoes and other root vegetables, while the shoots and leaves are often consumed in salads and stir fries, especially in Asia.
Uses :- The chayote fruit is used in mostly cooked forms. When cooked, chayote is usually handled like summer squash, it is generally lightly cooked to retain the crispy consistency.
1. Leaves and fruit have laxative, diuretic, cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Decoctions made from the leaves or fruits are used to relieve urine retention and burning during urination as well as to dissolve kidney stones and to assist in the treatment of arteriosclerosis and hypertension.
3. Raw pulp of the fruit is calming for skin rashes and roasted leaves used in the suppuration of boils.
4. Herbal tea made with chayote leaves is used for lowering high blood pressure, dissolving kidney stones and treating atherosclerosis, or even hardening of the arteries.
5. A tea containing the flesh of chayote squash has mild diuretic properties and is used for treating bloating in certain parts of the world.