Gourds are one of the Simanim (Symbolic Food) served on Rosh Hashana. Strictly speaking, the gourd family of vegetables includes cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and squash — the latter of which is our custom to use for this siman. In the United States, winter squashes SUCH AS spaghetti squash are often used. The choyote squash, with its edible skin, is widely used in Israel and other places with warm climates.
3-4 chayote squash
- juice of ½ lemon
1½ cup sugar
½ cup water
- dash of salt
Cut the squash in half. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and pith. Dice, with the peel, into small cubes.
Place into a small pot. Add lemon juice, sugar, water, and salt.
Cook 1 to 1 ½ hours until caramelized and candy-like.