Mirliton is a favorite food of South Louisiana. Once the principal
food of the Aztecs and Mayas the Mirliton made it's way to
North America and made Louisiana one of it's principle homes. It's
also grown in California and Florida.
Mirliton (pronounced me-lay-taw if you live in the country and
mirl-uh-tahn if you live in the city) can be fried, stuffed, pickled, stir fried, cooked with
tomatoes and used in salads. Stuffed
Mirliton is by far the favorite here in South Louisiana.
The Mirliton is also known as the Chayote [chi-OH-tay], Alligator
Pear, Mango Squash and Vegetable Pear. You can sometimes find the plants (a fruit
that has sprouted) at the local Feed & Seed store. You won't
find these at most nurseries.
several mirlitons and place them in a paper bag (leave it open for air
flow) and set them in a cool, dark, dry place. You would
normally do this in late fall. In a few weeks
you'll see them begin to grow. The seed will begin to protrude as it
sprouts. Once the vine gets about a foot long it can be planted
during the spring and will produce fruit mostly during the
fall. I've seen some older plants produce in early summer and
fall. To the right is a young mirliton from MY garden!
A little bigger mirliton...
And... full grown!
info here on growing mirlitons...[Click