Standing out from the standard orange pumpkin varieties at our farmers' market are these beautiful calabazas de Castilla. Varying in size, shape, and shades of green, no two are quite alike.
Although the ones at our market are mostly round or tall and green, some Castilla pumpkins may be elliptical with shades of orange. They have a hard shell and firm, sweet flesh similar to butternut squash. In Mexico, pieces of calabaza de Castilla are sweetened with cane sugar and served on Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
At the Hollywood Farmers' Market, shoppers can buy calabazas de Castilla from South Central Farmers. The pumpkins may also be found in Mexican produce markets.
Dulce de Calabaza en Tacha (Pumpkin Cooked in Brown Sugar)
(Images: Emily Ho)