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What is Auyama?
Auyama Dominicana is a type of pumpkin, West Indian pumpkin, to be exact. However, many other types of pumpkin and squashes are sold in the Dominican Republic under the generic name of auyama. Auyama or calabaza (the latter as it is known in most of Latin America) is very popular in Dominican cuisine and used in many recipes, and popular as a baby food ingredient.
Auyama in English
The proper name for auyama in English is West Indian pumpkin, however other pumpkins and squashes that can be used in these recipes are Kabocha squash and gem squash. Kabocha is the closest thing to auyama you'll find in the US.
Benefits of auyama
Auyama has a lot going for it as well as its subtle taste and versatility as an ingredient. Its color can range from pale mustard to bright orange. It breaks up easily when cooked, and the resulting creamy texture adds thickness to soups and stews, and it is a very healthy food. Auyama is low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates, rich in vitamins A and C and potassium. If that were not enough, it is a relatively inexpensive foodstuff and it grows very easily.