This pumpkin has Japanese roots. In appearance, Kabocha Squash is slightly different from other varieties of pumpkin: the skin is dark green with light green stripes and It is deep orange from the inside.

Do you know its origin?

Kabocha squash is a type of winter pumpkin that is native to Japan; more commonly known as the Japanese pumpkin. It is very popular and widely used all over Asia, especially in Japan and Korea.

In addition to being delicious, it also has proven health effects due to its nutritional composition. Here are 4 reasons why you should start eating Kabocha Squash:-

1. Healthy eyes

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient and kabocha squash contains more than 90 percent of vitamin A. It supports the renewal of healthy cells to protect the eyes over time.

2. Good source of fibre

Kabocha squah contains a lot calories and about 2.8g of fibre. It also contains a significant amount of potassium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin E, and folate.

3. Contains a good amount of iron

Kabocha squash is a versatile source of iron and vitamin C which aids in collagen production for strong bone mass.

4. Lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases

Consuming kabocha squash can also be good for heart health as it contains magnesium, which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. 

Buying tips

Next time when you go to buy a kabocha squash, make sure it is not soft or pitted. The outer skin of the squash should be firm to the touch and avoid squashes with soft spots. Also, the stem should be intact. A fresh kabocha squash weighs an average of three kilograms and has a mottled or dark green skin surface.