Mirliton, or Sechium edule, is the Haitian term for chayote squash, or christophine. The edible flesh of these small, pear-shaped fruit has a light green color. You can eat them raw in salads or cook them in soups or stews.
This savory pumpkin soup is served in all Haitian households on New Years day in commemoration of Independence day. It was on January first, that Haiti became the world's first independent black republic by defeating the French.