Eat the shu-shu.

Shu-Shu from Kusamala.

Shu-Shu from Kusamala.

Sending some more love to Kusamala Institute of Agriculture & Ecology – thanks for the shu-shu in my veggie box this week!

But what’s shu-shu?

Here’s what the Nordin family – frontrunners of permaculture in Malawi – have posted about shu-shu:

“Chayote (Sechium edule), also known as Cho-Cho in the West Indies and Shu-Shu in Malawi, is a climbing vine which produces avocado-sized fruits. These gourd-like fruits (which are technically considered to be ‘vegetables’) can be eaten fresh like a cucumber or cooked like a squash. The leaves may also be cooked and eaten as a vegetable and their consistency strongly resembles that of cooked pumpkin leaves. They will grow as a perennial crop in tropical climates if given a bit of watering during excessively dry periods. In Jamaica, Cho-Cho is grown commercially in large fields with 2-meter fence-poles near each plant to allow them to climb. They are easily propagated as the fruits will begin to shoot new vines even while still on the pre-existing vine. These can then be harvested and planted with the vine stem facing up and close to a tree, fence, or other ‘supporter’ which will give the plant room to climb and produce. They make a wonderfully refreshing and low-calorie treat during hot weather and are extremely easy to take care of. One vine may yield 15-20 new fruits, so new seeds-stock never seem to be in short supply.”

Very excited to give it a go.

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