Coyote? NO! Chayote.

This morning a wonderful lady named Mári came to start helping us out around the house. She works a day a week for another family from the boys’ school. Their mom has been such a resource for me and I am thankful to her for helping me feel organized and ready to finally start Spanish school next week (along with my ongoing regular work for the family biz).

Along with regular housekeeping, Mári is going to be doing some Costa Rican cooking for us. We are thrilled. And I’m looking forward to learning from her.

Housekeeping in Costa Rica is much more affordable than in Canada. Actually, ‘much more’ does not do the difference justice.

Mári also has a college-age daughter who has offered to babysit for us. Woohoo!

Upon her arrival this morning, Mári and I set about creating a grocery list. I started writing things out as she searched through my cupboards. Eventually, she took the pad from me and started writing because I was having to get her to spell everything.

Off I went to the store and promptly handed the list to one of the many young men and women eager to help.

I purchased many of the regular vegetables like I would at home, though I expected something much more exotic based on their Spanish names. I always expect the Spanish to be similar to French but it sometimes surprises me – like zanahorios are carrots… that’s a strange one.

I could not for the life of me find one ingredient – chayote. Mári had described it as similar to a potato but green… I was surprised when the store clerk handed me a bag of these, as I’ve never ever seen anything like them before. They look good though:

Chayote: an edible plant belonging to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, along with melons, cucumbers and squash.

I look forward to sharing some of these new recipes with you. Today I have black beans and rice cooking in my kitchen – a staple for the weekend ahead.

Have you ever seen these in Canada? In Ottawa, I’m guessing if they are anywhere, it would be at Produce Depot. Next time you’re there, if you don’t mind checking and letting me know, I would be most interested.





  1. Mom (the old guard!) says:

    Dad and I had little cubes of sauteed chayote on our plates when we went to Nogui’s for dinner before our joint babysitting event last week. Yummy! Of course the oil and garlic didn’t hurt!

  2. Jenn says:

    They do sell Chayote at Produce Depot. So there is no need for you to stay in Costa Rica that long ; )

  3. Nellia says:

    Liz, they have chayote at the superstore too, i don’t know you like chayote i should cook you one before lol.

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