Choko is a pear-shaped vine plant, generally light green in colour with bumpy, corrugated skin. It is a very versatile fruit with a mildly sweet flavour and firm texture. Buy online at BuyFruit.com.au.
Choko is a pear-shaped vine plant, generally light green in colour with bumpy, corrugated skin. It is a very versatile fruit with a mildly sweet flavour and firm texture. Choko will absorb the flavours it is cooked with whilst maintaining its own texture. It works well in both savoury and sweet recipes and can be used in chutney, stews and casseroles. It is also lovely fried in butter or sliced fresh for salads.
Choose choko with brightly coloured skins, free from discolouration or soft patches. The fruit should be firm and the skin intact. Store choko in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the fridge for up to two weeks. Wear gloves while peeling choko to avoid the worst of the sticky sap under the skin.
Did you know? Choko plants are incredibly versatile, and every part can be used. The vines grow and spread so easily that people have been known to use them as shade plants on trellises. In some cultures, the vines are used to make baskets and ropes. The leaves, roots and fruit are all edible. Often, the roots are prepared and eaten like a potato, whilst the leaves are eaten in salads.