Zucchini blossoms' delicacy pretty much dictates that one acquire them from a local source. Look for them at farmers markets or specialty stores. Or, better yet, harvest them from your garden if you've had the foresight to plant summer squash. Find tips on how to buy, store, and cook zucchini blossoms below.
What Are Zucchini Blossoms?
Zucchini blossoms are the flowers on a zucchini plant from which the zucchini will grow.
Sometimes you can even find small zucchini with the blossoms still attached (or, to the zucchini blossom fanatic, zucchini blossoms with small zucchini attached!).
What Are Zucchini Blossoms Like to Eat?
Zucchini blossoms have a delicate zucchini flavor and soft, slightly velvety texture. They can be cooked, in which case they become supremely tender very quickly, or eaten raw like other edible flowers.
When & Where to Buy Zucchini Blossoms
While they are increasingly common at specialty stores, zucchini blossoms are fragile items that spoil quickly. Look for them at farmers markets starting in June and through most of the rest of the summer—start asking farmers earlier in the season if they'll be bringing them to market. Any farmer who grows zucchini has blossoms available to harvest, they may just need to know someone wants to buy the blossoms to bother bringing them to your market!
Their fragility means zucchini blossoms are often sold in clamshell containers to keep them from piling up and bruising each other.
How to Buy Zucchini Blossoms
Zucchini blossoms wilt and spoil quickly. They are best when used the same day they are picked (which is why your own garden is the best source!). At markets looks for blossoms with green, moist stems that haven't dried out at all and bright orange flowers that haven't started to wilt.
How to Store Zucchini Blossoms
Zucchini blossoms are best used the same day they are picked. If you need to store them, keep them loosely wrapped in a plastic bag and chilled. Be sure to put them where they won't be crushed by other produce.
How to Cook Zucchini Blossoms
Zucchini blossoms are traditionally stuffed and fried. While Fried Zucchini Blossoms are delicious and easy to make, zucchini blossoms' delicate flavor also pairs well with fresh cheeses, eggs, and delicate salad greens. See a few quick ideas here.
How to Grow Zucchini Blossoms
Since the fresher the blossoms, the better they are, growing your own is the best way to ensure a steady, high-quality supply. Growing zucchini blossoms is as easy as growing zucchini, which is pretty darn easy in the world of growing your own food. Check out these tips to get started.
Once you have zucchini plants with blossoms on them, pick off the thicker-stemmed "male" flowers to avoid affecting your zucchini harvest too much.