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Old 03-31-2015, 08:38 PM   #21
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I thought the seeds were arranged a lot like apple or pear see, in a core.
This is what it looked like for me...

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Old 03-31-2015, 08:45 PM   #22
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This is what it looked like for me...

https://sybaritica.files.wordpress.c...</i></b>-2.jpg
Maybe I have it mixed up with something else or other plant.

Didn't the Aztec or some other Central American tribe used to chew Chayote leaves and get high?
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:17 PM   #23
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The "central core" is the "large seed." It's a walnut or larger size area of tough matter where the seeds are.
It's been a while since I cut one open but I was sure there wasn't a large seed (think avocado) like the recipe described.

No Addie, that's not the leaf you're thinking.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca
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You're welcome Addie. Chewing of the Coco leaf also helps to prevent high altitude sickness, and both of us have used it for that purpose. Personally, I'll stick to my wine for a high. lol
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There is 1 large seed in the middle. Paul Prudhomme, in one of his cookbooks, suggests chopping it and using it in a salad as a crunchy. It is definitely edible, although we usually just toss it. My favorite recipe with it is stuffed mirliton with crab and shrimp butter cream sauce. Decadent and rich but oh so good once in a while. Our son-in-law's aunt makes a casserole version of it for X-mas every year. Last time we made it:

Dinner Monday 22nd April 2013
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Ah so it's a sort of squash ? Which can be pretty tasteless depending on which ones you get? Was it grown in Britain MC ?
I don't know. Wouldn't think so.
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This is what it looked like for me...

https://sybaritica.files.wordpress.c.../chayote-2.jpg
The flesh of mine looked like that but the core looked a bit like an apple - sort of star shaped. It didn't have any seeds in it though. I suppose it could have been some sort of hybrid which had had it's seeds bred out?
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You're welcome Addie. Chewing of the Coco leaf also helps to prevent high altitude sickness, and both of us have used it for that purpose. Personally, I'll stick to my wine for a high. lol
I'm told that you can eat the leaves cooked. My source told me that uncooked the leaves are toxic. Don't know if this is true or not.
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I'm told that you can eat the leaves cooked. My source told me that uncooked the leaves are toxic. Don't know if this is true or not.
I guess it depends on the definition of "toxic". In the Andes of South America they've been chewing them since time began and thousands have died. Tongue firmly in cheek.
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