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Fried Squash Blossoms are a wonderful summertime traditional Italian treat. I harvested this platterful of them last night and we fried 'em up. When served hot, and lightly browned and salted, they leave French Fries in the dust.
On summer squash like Zucchini and Yellow Squash, the blossoms on the long stalks are the males, and thus expendable. However, I use both because there's always too much squash anyway. In fact, the blossoms are tastier than the squash. (I am fond of yellow summer squash steamed with salt, pepper, and butter, not so fond of zucchini except in soup.)
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This site explains how simple this is, using Marcella's method. Do not wash them at all because they need to be dry - just check them for bugs inside but a few tiny bugs just adds a little protein to the mix. Brown them lightly, drain, and eat sizzling hot. Photo below from Marcella's site -
I imagine they would be better tasting than the squash.
The planting of squash and zucchini in home gardens has long mystified me. Seems like everyone plants it and then has mountains of it to give/throw away. Mostly throw away.
OTOH, if you grow sweet corn, there is no such problem. People come out of the wood work wanting that, and it makes for a cheap bribe if you need a favor from someone or think you will in the near future.
And tomatoes. Hard to grow too many tomatoes. On the other hand, I rarely succeed in growing more squash than I need, either, because I really like the stuff. I used to be somewhat indifferent to zucchini, before I discovered that I can't get enough of it if it's roasted or pan-seared enough for a nice brown crust. Cooked that way, I'd be happy to see it included in every meal.
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Since I posted this, she's found a source of zucchini seeds that produce only flowers, big ones, two or three a day, every day for the life of the plant. Once in a while a little mini zucchini fruit shows up, but not many. In season, her breakfast is a zucchini blossom scrambled egg. She gives the surplus to a couple of daughters who live nearby, also zucchini blossom addicts.
I wanted to toss some squash blossoms into a pan of hot peanut oil--just fry 'em up and eat 'em up. Meanwhile, out in the garden plucking blossoms i am amazed at the number of creatures interested in the squash nectar. No wonder squash are so prolific. I evicted a few bees, in fact quite a few bees. The last blossom buzzed hard in my hand and zoom, out flew four more bees. The last one popped my pinkie with her stinger as punishment for my intrusion. What added insult to this injury was that the bees did not want me to escape with the goods. As long as I was in the garden I was assailed as the apian horde sought my stash of flowers. I absconded with the goods and threw them in the hot oil. Tasty. My finger is still a bit sore and swollen.