BRAISED CHAYOTE with GROUND PORK ~ This recipe comes from the Philippines, my homeland. My mother used to make this dish for us when we were growing up. Chayote is a gourd plant, similar to the summer squash. Chayote is also popular in Indian and Latin American cuisines. Chayote is very low in calories (25 calories per cup) and chock-full of vitamins and other nutrients. Chayote is also called vegetable pear, alligator pear or mango squash.