What is Kabocha Squash (Japanese Pumpkin)?
Kabocha squash, also known as Japanese pumpkin, is perfect for roasting, stuffing, pureeing, and more. This versatile winter squash will soon become your go-to fall ingredient.
Move over, pumpkin—There’s a new winter squash in town. Meet kabocha squash, a Japanese staple ingredient that’s prized for its sweet taste, velvety texture, slew of health benefits, and versatility. If you love pumpkin and sweet potato, then kabocha will quickly become your new best friend this fall. Let’s get to know it better.
Kabocha squash is a staple of Japanese cuisine. In restaurants, you may have enjoyed it dipped in tempura batter and fried, or slow simmered in hot pots or soups. And while this winter squash may look like pumpkin’s short and stocky cousin, it’s actually closer to sweet potato in flavor and texture. The coarse, deep-green skin gives way to tender, reddish-yellow flesh on the inside.
On top of its delicious flavor, kabocha squash packs impressive health benefits. Like pumpkin, kabocha’s bright orange flesh is high in the anti-oxidant beta-carotene, which translates to vision-protecting Vitamin A. The skin is also an excellent source of fiber. Additionally, using kabocha squash in any dish boosts the sweetness without adding extra sugar.