Kabocha and Japanese Pumpkin in Australia
Japanese Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) and Kabocha (Cucurbita maxima) are members of the cucurbit or pumpkin family. In Japan, kabocha is known as nutty flavoured pumpkin (in Japanese - Kuri Kabocha) and commands quite high prices. Fruits are small (1.5-2.0 kg). New hybrids of the two species have smaller fruit, due to the higher fruit set rate. Kabocha is grown in Australia, for the domestic market and as a fresh (from Tasmania) and processed (from mainland Australia) product exported to Japan. Australia is, however, an insignificant supplier of the approximately 130,000 t imported annually to Japan.