Where did the choko go?

There was a time when every other Aussie backyard could be virtually guaranteed to have two specific things in it – a Hill’s hoist and a choko vine.

The Hill’s hoist or similar designs are still fairly popular, but you don’t see the choko vine much anymore.

That’s a pity because chokos are low fat and contain fibre and Vitamin C. Perhaps they went out of style because the choko was regarded as Depression-era food. Indeed, this South American native was used as a pie filler or to bolster fruit in jams during the Depression years in Australia.

But it’s fabulous fried or au gratin. You can find a choko stir-fry recipe here from the great Rosemary Stanton. Did you know she’s regarded as the very first celebrity dietitian?