From phenomenal plant to culinary anachronism: Sechium edule in Australia

chokos dec 2019

Many thanks to Dr Alison Vincent for permission to post her fascinating research on chokos, the once ubiquitous vine that adorned outside toilets in many an Australian backyard.

Choko pickles became a standard at agricultural shows and on the tables in many an Australian kitchen. Baked chokos sat next to peas, carrots and mash at dinner plates of roast lamb awash with brown gravy.

They have made a comeback in the last few years through the influence of Asian migrants and have been appearing in my local farmers’ market, whence I have made a Sri Lankan choko curry that has gone down well with folk.

Read Alison’s article here.


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