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Food as Medicine: Quick and Healthy Fuzzy Squash Soup

Fuzzy squash, also known as fuzzy melon or moqua, is a type of gourd that has a hairy skin and a mild flavor. This gourd has been widely used for centuries in Chinese medicine in the treatment of fever, cough and urinary disorders. It is often used in Asian cuisine, especially soups!

Phytochemical analysis showed that the major constituents of fuzzy squash exerted many beneficial pharmacological activities, including but not limited to:

  • Central nervous effects (anxiolytic, muscle relaxant, antidepressant, in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and to minimize opiate withdrawal signs)

  • Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiasthmatic and anticancer properties

  • Diuretic, nephroprotective, antidiabetic, and hypolipidemic effects

  • Antimicrobial effects against various pathogens

Please see our quick and healthy fuzzy squash soup recipe, below!


Quick and Healthy Fuzzy Squash Soup


  • 8 cups of chicken bone broth (store bought, or use our Herbal Chicken Soup Recipe)

  • 2 pounds of fuzzy squash cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 cup of dried sea scallops, preferably from Hokkaido

  • 3 thick slices of fresh ginger, peeled

  • 3 scallions, chopped finely

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • Salt and white pepper to taste


  1. Bring chicken broth, ginger, scallops to a rapid boil for 5 minutes

  2. Add fuzzy squash and bring to a boil. Cook until tender.

  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Add sesame oil and garnish with scallions.

  5. Serve and enjoy hot!



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