We're excited to be growing a new crop on the farm: chayotes. This vegetable of Mexican origin can be eaten raw or cooked. It is very similar in use to yellow summer squash, though it should be steamed to soften before adding to stir-fries. Chayotes grow on aggressive vines, so a strong trellis is needed. We had one growing along a grape trellis and another we had grow up an apricot tree. Chayotes are one of just a few perennial vegetables, meaning it will come back next year if the roots are well mulched through winter.