Speckled Hound Pumpkin is a unique-looking, mid-size pumpkin that’s both excellent eating and attractive in displays. This pale coral pumpkin is a squat shape, almost like a perfectly round pumpkin was sat upon and squished!

This pretty pumpkin is pale orange to salmon pink in color, with blue-green stripes that almost looks like paint that was drizzled onto the pumpkin and settled into the cracks.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Sweet and nutty with dry flesh; some compare it to butternut squash in texture

ALSO KNOWN AS: Speckled Hound Squash

A large pile of speckled hound pumpkins on display at a pumpkin farm.

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About Speckled Hound Pumpkin

Scientific name: Cucurbita maxima

Speckled Hound Squash typically grow between 3-6 pounds each and around seven to 10 inches in diameter. It’s reportedly a variety of the much smaller Kabocha squash, though I have been unable to confirm that and will update when I do!

A pile of speckled hound pumpkins in a crate for sale at a pumpkin farm.

Nutrition & Benefits

Like other winter squash and pumpkins, Speckled Hound Pumpkin is a low in calories and a good source of fiber and vitamins A and C.

A large pile of speckled hound pumpkins on display in a wooden crate at a pumpkin farm.

How to Cook Speckled Hound Pumpkin

Speckled Hound Pumpkin’s sweet and nutty flavor makes it ideal for baking, and it can be used to make pies, muffins, and other baked goods. Its flesh is creamy and smooth, and it has a rich and sweet flavor.

To puree it, first wash it well, then lop off the stem end of the pumpkin. Make sure you have a sharp knife and a steady cutting surface because they have a thick rind! From there, cut the pumpkin in half, then scoop out the seeds. Place each half cut-side down on a rimmed cooking sheet and bake for about an hour, until fork-tender.

Let cool then peel the skin off of the flesh. Discard the skin and puree the flesh in a food processor or high-speed blender. I recommend a food processor because if you use a blender, you may need to add a splash of water which negates the dry quality of the flesh.


Speckled Hound is pretty obscure! I can’t wait to develop and share some recipes, but for now, check these out.

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