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Offline Rena

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Yummy - our first chou-chous
« on: May 08, 2010, 15:50:37 PM »
Our first chou-chou (sjoe-sjoe) off this vine - and it puts paid to the story that you have to have more than one vine to get fruit - it's growing all on its own and is FULL


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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2010, 18:02:22 PM »
 :P Yum!!

The choko (Sechium edule) as we call them must be my favourite 'vegie'  :good:

Chokoes contain fibre, vitamin C, they're low in fat and they taste ever so good!

I love them Stir-fried in olive oil with garlic and chopped parsley, then add a splash of balsamic vinegar.
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2010, 18:24:17 PM »
I wonder where I could get seed ??? :mmm: LOL

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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2010, 18:26:06 PM »
Michael -

Funny - isn't it??  I just happen to have a spare little chou-chou vine in a pot that no-one wants......
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2010, 18:34:10 PM »
Michael
Did I stir your taste buds up  ???  :P  ;)
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2010, 18:51:47 PM »
We use the sjoe-sjoes (as we call them) in a lot of ways and, yes, Abby, they have all sorts of good stuff in them.

One of our favourites is "pam-sjoe" koekies. Now what is a pampoen koekie in english?? A pumpkin fritter I think. Anyway, we mix half pumpkin and half shoe-sjoe and make fritters ....delicious.  And the little developing pea-size chous are so nice to pick and eat while in the garden. Also delicious in bredies (stews) and roasted in the oven with other veggies.  And especially tasty added to a curry.  I've even grated them raw into a salad.  And the birds and tortoises love the leaves. When we still had our shop we used to take crates full of them to work and give them away to all the customers - they bear so prolifically that you can't possibly use all of them.

BUT...... vines nearly strangled two of our trees.  We had one growing up a plum tree and another up an orange tree, and  both trees now only have one branch still growing - the rest of the branches were literlally strangled to death.  So now we have one growing against a trellis - but already the tendrils are doing a jack-in-the-beanstalk up to heaven and have got into the natal mahogany tree that shades some of my clivias......
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2010, 00:58:18 AM »

Pumpkin Fritters with Chokoes sound nice  :P
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2010, 07:24:15 AM »
Very nice Rena!
I also had a single vine many moons back that fruited. It outgrew the 3m trellis, over my 2m wall, and into my neigbour's pomegranate trees.

Michael, I am first in line when you propagate!
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2010, 10:22:32 AM »
Ernst -

I'll try to get another vine or two going in the meantime - do you and Michael ever see each other?? Then I could deliver yours with his... ;D
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2010, 14:00:09 PM »
What an interesting veg. I've never tasted one, is it a type of marrow or sweeter like pumpkin?
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2010, 18:07:08 PM »
They look lovely Rena!! I was so disappointed, I bought one from Mountain Herb Estate to grow and it never even sprouted  ???
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2010, 08:46:55 AM »
I see I have a new spelling of chou chou......aka chuchu, chocho, chowchow, etc etc

It's actually same family as squash, melon and cucumber.

Google "chayote" for all sorts of info if you're interested.
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2010, 18:49:39 PM »
I got some the otherday from my brother.  Cut them in cubes, cook them soft, drain the water off and then add a bit of butter, sugar, orange juice and Oros.  That was a very very nice sweet veggie!

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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2010, 19:04:34 PM »
Thank you Rena :dance: :party:,
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Re: Yummy - our first chou-chous
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2010, 20:24:58 PM »

 I'm not very reliable socially.....

Cecile - is that true??
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