Kabocha squash Grown by Clive Martin at March, Cambridgeshire



Also known as Japanese squash, Kabocha (sometimes green-skinned, sometimes orange) is a beautiful squash with a particularly firm, sweet and dense orange flesh. It’s particularly good simmered, steamed and mashed, or roasted in wedges with the skin left on.

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How to prepare

Try cutting into chunks and roasting in olive oil at 180°C/Gas 4 for about 30 mins, until nearly cooked, then add chopped garlic, rosemary and chilli and return to the oven for another 5 mins. Roasted squash is brilliant paired with ricotta and sage leaves.

Don't throw the insides away! The seeds and inside trimmings from squash can be used in veg stock, giving a vibrant colour when used in risotto or soup. Add squash trimmings to other stock ingredients, simmer in enough water to cover for about an hour and strain through a sieve.


Many squash will store through the winter if kept warm and dry. Some people like to store them decoratively on their kitchen shelves.

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