Squash blossoms are the edible flowers that come from zucchinis and other summer squashes. They are typically available from May to September. They have a mild and delicate squash flavour.
Squash blossoms are highly perishable. And for this reason, they aren’t usually found in the grocery stores. Your best best is to visit your local farmer’s market or grow them yourself. Choose blossoms that look fresh and have their buds closed. It is recommended you use them the same day you get them.
Here are 5 ways to use your Squash Blossoms:
1. Stuffed & Deep Fried
Stuffing and frying them is one of the most popular ways to eat squash blossoms. The blossoms can be stuffed with assorted fillings and then covered with a batter before going into the deep fryer. Here’s a squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta recipe from Epicurious.
2. Baked Squash Blossoms
If you are health or weight conscious, using your oven might be a better option for you. You could stuff the squash blossoms with a cheesy filling and bake until golden brown and crispy! You can try this baked stuffed squash blossoms recipe from Katherine Martinelli.
3. Squash Blossom Pizza
Pizza is always a crowd pleaser! Pretty much anything goes for pizza toppings, including squash blossoms! Here’s an easy pizza recipe from Saveur you can try.
4. Squash Blossom Omelette
And like pizza, any ingredient can be used in an omelette. Here’s a squash blossom and goat cheese omelette recipe from Grow Baby Grow.
5. Summer Squash Blossom Soup
Another great way to use them is in a soup. You can try this soup recipe from Kitchen Konfidence.
What are you waiting for? Try some squash blossoms today before they go out of season.
To read more about edible flowers, read this blog post.