This South American super-food is too long overlooked. Chayote or Sechium edule is part of the gourd family of Cucurbitaceae. Cooked or raw, Chayote is rich in Vitamin C. It spread from northern South America from Indigenous peoples in the 15th century & now it is widely used throughout Asia. Chayote is a flexible fruit, used in jams, salads, cooked in pies to replace apple, or in savoury dishes. There is evidence that Chayote keeps you looking young. In the Colombian village of San Bernardo, those who pass away remain mummified for centuries due to the principal element of their diets, Chayote.