Kabocha was originally introduced to Japan by Portuguese traders in the mid-16th century. Kabocha is a generic term for squash in Japan while in North America Kabocha is a specific type of winter squash. Japan has the highest consumption of Kabocha in the world, followed by Korea.
Kabocha is a turban shaped squash with a flattened top. It has a very hard, dark green rind and yellow to bright orange flesh depending on variety, and has an average weight of 1-3 kilos. The taste is very sweet, with the flavor combination of sweet potato and pumpkin.
Kabocha is a low carb alternative to butternut squash with only 7 carbs per cup and kabocha squash has only forty calories per cup. It is rich in beta carotene, with iron, Vitamin C and potassium.