Mr Nola's Glitter
Regular price $7.50
Mirliton is a soft sea green glitter in a .025 hex cut.
Mirliton is better known as chayote, and records show it was grown in New Orleans from as early as 1867. According to mirliton enthusiast Lance Hill, its early popularity was likely related to the close connection the city had with the Caribbean, which began the long history of backyard mirliton vines in New Orleans that continues to this day. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina wiped out many of these backyard vines, but community groups are working to bring back the traditional Louisiana mirliton, which is included in Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste.
Also known as the "vegetable pear," the mirliton is actually a member of the gourd family. In New Orleans, they are often served pickled, stuffed with shrimp, or fried, and sometimes raw in salads. Autumn is when you'll find them at the farmers market, or sold at roadside produce stands.