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Does anyone know what "chochos" are in English?

I live in Ecuador, where the legume "chocho" is very popular. I've heard it's a superfood. But I don't know what it's called in English. Anyone?

asked by s_L_hanson over 7 years ago

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francesca gilberti
francesca gilberti

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added over 7 years ago

I believe chochos are the Mexican chayote squash -- you may be able to find them in a famers' market with a lot of variety or even in a grocery...

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hardlikearmour
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added over 7 years ago

I think you mean Lupinus mutabilis, which is a bean. I don't know if you can find it in the US, but it supposedly has a similar digestibility and nutritional value to soybeans.

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LisaVelez
added over 6 years ago

They are known here as Lupini beans and are available in italian stores

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Janet Helm 1
added over 5 years ago

Chochos are legumes, they're different than Mexican chayote, a squash that is sometimes referred to as Jamacian chocho. These South American beans are not harvested in the U.S., but the closest thing you can find are the Lupini beans, often sold brined in jars in Italian and Latin markets. I wrote about chochos as the new quinoa, perhaps the next big superfood to rise out of the Andes. http://nutritionunplugged.com/2013/05/is-chocho-the-new-quinoa-this-ancient-south-american-legume-is-being-heralded-as-the-next-big-superfood/

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Rosymar Rivera
added over 3 years ago

In my country, chocho is an inappropriate slang word for vagina. I see some my friends on Facebook sharing a variety of chocho food just to amuse others, which made me curious to know what kind of food it is

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