Chayote is an edible plant belonging to the gourd family along with melons, cucumbers and squash. Commonly grown on the ground or on trellises, chayote looks like a flattened apple or pear and has a smooth skin. The chayote can be eaten raw in salads or stuffed and baked, mashed, pickled, fried or boiled. Mainly grown in Mexico and South America, it tends to have a delicate flavor that compliments spicy foods.