This sweet stewed chayote fruit recipe is super simple to make and the perfect way to use up a bumper harvest of chayote. If you love the taste of stewed apples, then you’ll love this sweetened chayote compote.
Chayote, also known as choko, can easily be used as a cooked apple substitute or mock apple. For this reason, you may come across plenty of recipes for chayote crumbles and pies, especially in specialty diets such as keto. So you can see why this recipe for stewed chayote has a similar flavor profile to stewed apples.
The taste of chayote is actually very mild, it is most like summer squash, and it takes on the other flavors you pair with them. In this case, chayote is given a sweet flavor with the addition of sugar, vanilla essence, and dried cranberries. You can of course play around with these flavors. If the amount of sugar seems too high for you, leave it out, cook the chayote and taste it first. You can always add sweetness but it’s difficult to remove once it’s in.
The job of peeling the chayote is a bit messy because chayote excretes a small amount of sticky liquid during this process. To minimize this liquid sticking to your hands, you can try peeling the chayote under a running tap (which I find almost impossible, but that might just be me). You could also wear gloves or just give your hands a good scrub after peeling. By the way, the sticky liquid disappears during cooking.
Stewed Chayote Fruit Serving Ideas
You can easily have stewed chayote on its own but for a delicious dessert option, you can serve it with ice cream, yogurt, cream, or custard. If you are dairy-free, you can choose an alternative option such as coconut yogurt or ice cream.
I also love this stewed chayote on my morning oats. Plain oats are given a sweet flavor lift.
This recipe serves 2-3 and can easily be doubled for a larger serving.
Ingredients for Sweet Stewed Chayote Fruit
2 large Chayote
3 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Water
1 Tablespoon Dried Cranberries
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
How to Make Stewed Chayote Fruit
Start by peeling the chayote.
Chop them in half and remove the seed.
Then cut the chayote into thick slices before dicing them to your desired size. I prefer small 1/2 inch squares.
Add the diced chayote to a pot and on the stove and set to medium heat.
Add the water, sugar, dried cranberries, and vanilla essence.
Put a lid on the pot to help steam the chayote and keep an eye on the amount of liquid in the pot. If the heat is too high the water may need topping up.
Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until chayote is soft. Chayote will continue to hold its shape so you can test it with a fork to make sure it’s soft and cooked through.
Serve warm or cold. Both are delicious!
Stewed chayote fruit will keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or you can freeze it for a few months.
Chayote can also be cooked and used in many interesting recipes. For more ideas on eating chayote and chayote recipes, see our article: How To Eat Chayote (Choko) With Recipe Ideas and our Chayote Curry Recipe.
And if you’re interested in growing your own chayote, they are really very easy to grow and you can see our article: How to Grow Chayote Squash (Choko) – the easy way!
Sweet Stewed Chayote Fruit Recipe
- 2 Chayote (large ones)
- 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Cranberries
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
- Start by peeling the chayote.
- Chop them in half and remove the seed.
- Then cut the chayote into thick slices before dicing them to your desired size. I prefer small 1/2 inch squares.
- Add the diced chayote to a pot and on the stove and set to medium heat.
- Add the water, sugar, dried cranberries and vanilla essence.
- Put a lid on the pot to help steam the chayote and keep an eye on the amount of liquid in the pot. If the heat is too high the water may need topping up.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until chayote is soft. Chayote will continue to hold its shape so you can test it with a fork to make sure it’s soft and cooked through.Serve warm or cold. Both are delicious!
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