Chow- Chow is also called Chayote (Hindi), Seema Vankaya (Telugu), Seemai Kathirikai (Tamil), Seeme Bhadhare Kai (Kannada). This perennial plant belongs to the gourd family along with with melons, cucumbers and squash. Chow chow fruit is roughly pear-shaped, somewhat flattened and with coarse wrinkles and it can range from 10 to 15 cm in length. This vegetable is used in pickles and sambar in South India. In addition to the fruit, stem, tender leaves and tuberous roots are also eaten. Chow chow has great nutritional values and has good health benefits.