Chokos are such productive vines that you will need to think of a thousand ways to use them. Here is one of our favourites for choko pears. Stewed chokos are used as a substitute for apples in tinned fruit and processed products. You are sure to have eaten them, even if you don’t know it!


●  6-8 small to medium sized chokos
●  Juice of 1 Lemon
●  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
●  1 cup sugar (more if you have a sweet tooth)
●  3–4 cups of water A few drops of cochineal (optional)
●  ½ stick cinnamon or a few cloves


Select small to medium sized fruit, as these will be the most tender. Peel and quarter the fruit, removing the central core. The chokos should now resemble tinned pears.

Place the water and sugar into a saucepan and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the chokos, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cochineal and cinnamon or cloves.

Poach the chokos until tender. Store the chokos in the sugar solution in the refrigerator until required. We love them with custard.

You can also remove the chokos from the sugar solution, chop them up and store in containers in the freezer for later use in pies and other deserts. Use them in recipes where you would normally use apple.  

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