Kabocha Squash, Japanese Pumpkin 'Gold Nuggett'

Cucurbita maxima

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Nuggett
Additional cultivar information:(aka Golden Nugget)
Hybridized by North Dakata Agricultural Experiment Station
Registered or introduced: circa 1960
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Kabocha (winter)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 days

Mature Skin Color:



Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)

2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 kg)



Disease Resistance:

Powdery Mildew (PM)

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Chaska, Minnesota

Belfield, North Dakota

Radford, Virginia

Carnation, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 1, 2015, coleapeake from Carnation, WA wrote:

PNW, Seattle area
I have a short list of plants that I will never again plant a garden without, and Gold Nugget is on it. These little bush plants produce a staggering number of small, velvety, aggressively orange fruit. This is the only squash variety I've ever grown in this area that has never had an issue with mildew, and if they are allowed to fully ripen (easy, since they produce early) the fruits will keep for the better part of a year.
My favorite thing about this squash is the flavor. It's a big punchy, pumkinier than pumpkin taste. They're great for pies, stuffing, or just split in two and roasted with a little butter in the well.

Last year, I had a little extra space in a bed with a cloche so I started a couple GN's under cover. The plants grew twic... read more


On Dec 29, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This squash is a compact bush plant producing small gold color squash. Size roughly equivalent to acorn, but shell is extremely hard. A good individual baking squash and a much better keeping squash than acorn. Flesh is competative with Delicata.