Chayote Squash has a smooth skin with slight ridges running from stem to end. The average one weighs about 1/2 pound and measures approximately 5 inches in length. Though similar to summer squash, Chayote usually requires a longer cooking time because of its firmer texture.
This squash can be eaten raw in salads, or stuffed and baked. Other preparations include mashing, pickling, frying or boiling. This plain squash tends to be bland and benefits from "aggressive" seasoning.