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 Post subject: using up chokos
PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:38 pm 
Does anyone else love scones?
Here's what I did for 3 hungry boys: grated a medium-large choko into the scone mix, taking out some of the juice first. It was a fairly buttery scone mix, but pretty standard otherwise (about 3 cups flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 90g butter, quarter cup of milk, something like that, anyway, as I didn't really measure anything... And two pinches of salt).
One batch got some vintage cheese pressed into the top; the other batch was left plain.
Compliments from all 3 boys (who usually don't eat anything green).
The plain ones went well with jam; the cheese ones with butter.
The compliment was along the lines of 'But you can't taste the choko!' Also that they were lovely and moist inside.
So there you go — one choko down, about 600 to go.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:25 pm 
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I cook then and fedd my excess to the chooks. They love them. I have to cook them though as they are too hard for them and won't eat them unless cooked.

I believe there is a fake apple pie one can make with chokos. I have the recipe somewhere I must hunt it up.

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 Post subject: Re: using up chokos
PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:25 pm 
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Im just wondering what sort of chooks you have country lodge .As my new hampshires and wyandots love chokos thrown into there yard
They last an hour or so then they all gone .
Perhaps small bantams might not be able too eat them but ive found no need to cook them

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mine eat them raw too , and mine are tiny bantams, they get them if they can reach them, and love pecking at the others they get thrown----cheers pam

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:10 pm 
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Ha ha they are great raw! Taste a bit like apple so I suppose that is why they use them as apple pie filler. My mum tried every which wasy to try and get me to eat them, and in the end the only way was raw :shock: I still dont eat the buggers :lol: My chooks eat through Qld pumpkins so chokos would be a breeze! :)


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Are they easy to grow? I'm always looking for something to grow - for my chooks.... and perhaps also for us...

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 Post subject: Re: using up chokos
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:39 am 
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Are they easy to grow? MY GOD YES!!

Choko's (also known as Chayote, Buddha's Hands, Cho-Cho's) are a very productive vine that grow rediculously fast (I have seen it stated that the way to plant chokos is to find a fruit that is sprouting, slightly bury it beneath the soil, and STAND BACK.

They need a good stong trellis, and will produce fruits in Autumn (as the day length shortens) through winter (if the winters are mild). Each plant should produce at least 50-100 fruits.

As for feeding to chooks, well I haven't tried giving my 'girls' raw choko (guess what they are getting this morning?) but they do adore the cooked choko. I usually chop it up a little and microwave it for a few minutes. I don't want it becoming mash but just softening.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:51 am 
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Hey Shane thanks for your post, I will plant some and see how they go in Vic. Also had a quick look at your website, and it looks like a lot of great information. I will spend some time there this afternoon time permitting. I am slowly working towards backyard selfsufficency minus the larger anials and within the confines of a suburban back yard.

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The scones sound good, might have to try that one.
My MIL made choko pickles yesterday out of my chokos.
I told her that I had tried them raw and thought they were great.
She was a bit horrified, her hands were terrible from peeling and chopping the 6 chokos up for pickles.
Said she has heard you are supposed to wear gloves when peeling them (which she did not).
Anyone heard this? Are they ok to eat raw? They did taste good though :hmmm:


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 Post subject: Re: using up chokos
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:23 am 
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Hi Guys

Choko's have a very sticky sap under the skin that seems to irritate some people. I have heard that if you peel a choko under the tap that it prevents this, though I haven't tried that as it seems like a total waste of water to me. However I have gotten around it by picking my choko's whilst small, and in this state there is no need to peel them. Makes preparation easier...

As for eating them raw, well I haven't heard anything about them being toxic uncooked. It would appear from this forum that they aren't toxic to our avian friends but, of course, that's not necessarily definitive for us.

Here's a fun fact for you... the entire choko plant is edible fruit, roots and tips. Check out my short post on chokos on my website for more hints. http://www.thissustainablehouse.com.au/index.php/gardens/39-fruit/51-sechiumedule

Oh! Thanks for the comments Ken. I have only just brought this site online so there is HEAPS more information to go up over the next few weeks, as well as a gardening forum to go online sometime in the next 7 days.

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 Post subject: Re: using up chokos
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Well there is a first time for everything .
Ive just learnt some people peel chokos
Im still wondering why as the skin is just as edible as the inside .
But then why do people peel apples

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:07 am 
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I know!

I was always told to peel them due to the sap... so of course I believed it.

Silly Sod! :D

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:01 pm 
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Ive eaten them raw and I still have a pulse :rofl: No ill effects :)

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Thanks Shane, I will keep my eye open for the gardening forum.

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 Post subject: Re: using up chokos
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:36 pm 
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Well I won't be peeling them from now on then 8) , as you do lose a lot when you peel then.
I asked someone (probably MIL :lol: ) how to cook them years ago and was told to peel them, so have been doing that ever since :rofl: but never again :swords:


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