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Store of vegetables in Hellbourg

As the green lung of the island, the cirque of Salazie on the east coast, the windward coast, enjoys the spray which comes directly from the Indian Ocean and is detained by the high relief of the mountains. This rainfall that breaks all world records makes it the greenest area of the island and provides fertile and lush landscapes, overflowing with waterfalls, flowers and forests.
This is an ideal climate for bamboo, trout farming, but also for growing watercress, taro roots, bananas and chayotes.

Restaurant Ti’Chouchou
Located in the heart of Hell-Bourg, a pretty Creole village classified among the most beautiful villages in France, the restaurant TI'CHOUCHOU fits right in with its colorful and inviting storefront. The friendly staff will welcome you into the dining room or on the nice terrace at the rear. Don’t miss their chicken vanilla or chayote fritters, you won’t regret it!
Specialties from Salazie
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Hell-Bourg


The chouchou

Chouchou of Hell-bourg
The chouchou (Reunion, Mauritius), also known as chayote or christophine under other tropics (French West Indies, Guyana), is a perennial plant of the cucurbitaceae family that grows in warm climates. Considered an invasive species but still widely eaten, this green vegetable was imported from Mexico in 1840 by Sully Brunet. The Creoles are fond of saying that "in the chouchou, everything is good: the fruit, the seed, and the brèdes (stems) ...".
You can enjoy them in the gites, restaurants and tables d'hotes of Salazie (and more generally throughout the island). In Reunion, the chouchou is consumed mainly in gratins, caris, but also delicious chouchou cakes. They also stir-fry the brèdes, the stems, with garlic and spices. In Salazie particularly, the stems are also used, once dried, to make straw hats, known in Europe under the name "Italian Straw Hat".
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