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Waxing poetic about kabocha squash

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Yes, I know it is officially Spring, but this week I had the good fortune to have kabocha squash not just once--but twice.

If you have never had it before, get thee to a store and get some. It is hands down one of my most favorite foods. And, even better, it is good for me.

Kabocha is an Asian squash and is especially easy to find in Asian markets. I got mine at an East Indian market last weekend during a road trip to Richmond, VA. It is also believed in some cultures to be an aphrodisiac, so nibble on some with your honey.

Kabocha squash is green and round with a very hard skin. The interior flesh ranges from yellow to orange--depending on the squash--and is naturally very rich tasting and sweet.

Tonight I peeled the squash, cut it into small pieces and then microwaved it for 8 minutes before sautéing it in garlic and olive oil. Once done, i added a little salt and pepper and voila--I was done.

I like to eat at least 3 different things with most meals ( variety IS the spice of life!). So I also made quinoa and roasted beets to accompany my kabocha squash. YUM! It was healthy and filling too

Nutritionally, 1 cup has only 40 calories and only 7 grams of carbs. (So an even better choice than butternut squash, another of my favorites.). it is so rich and luxurious tasting it is hard to believe it is so good for me. It is also rich in beta carotene, which can be converted to Vitamin A and it is also a good source of iron and Vitamins c and B.

A recipe I read said you can also eat the peel (roast it to soften it up) but I never have.

What about you? Are you sweet on kabocha squash too? I'd love to hear your thoughts...
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    For those who grow edibles, you may want to try growing kabocha squash. You can likely get seeds on-line. I am going to save the seeds next time and try planting them this year. I'll keep you posted. Thanks to all for your comments!
    1790 days ago
    Never had one, but will look more for them. We don't have any specialty markets in this area (gosh darn Midwest!). But I do love squash!
    1791 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Does sound yummy but not sure if I can find it in my area - not many specialty markets here.
    1791 days ago
    My hubby doesn't like squash and he does the cookies.
    1792 days ago
    I cook the peels & mash them then fry onions & garlic & chopped green chilis put the peels in love it
    1792 days ago
    I also like it lots, one of my favorite and I fixed it very similar to you. and yes it does have a very hard outside
    1792 days ago
    1792 days ago
    Thanks for sharing - if I ever have the opportunity to buy some I will - living in a rural area we don't get much variety from other countries - I copied the details so I can look for it.
    1792 days ago
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