Chayotes. In our climate the chayote provides food year round. Mature Fruits in fall and winter fresh stems starting in February tender fruit starting in June. It has a tuber very similar to potato in Taste tubers are deep dug in Nov or Dec or before the new years growth has emerged. The best thing about chayotes I. My mind is that they can live and produce staple foods in dense foodforest shade. Taste wise though I have to decide on Peas fresh ones man I could stay in the pea field all day. I ate most of them fresh but cooked is so much better.