What are squash blossoms?

Also referred to as Zucchini Blossoms

Squash blossoms are the  yellow-orange edible flowers of Cucurbita spp. especially Cucurbita pepo the species that produces zucchini (courgette), acorn squash, Delicata squash, spaghetti squash and sweet dumpling squash.

Both the male and female flowers are edible. The female ones are usually attached to immature squash at the blossom end.

The blossoms (flowers) are considered a delicacy by many. Although flowers of all squashes can be eaten, the most popularly consumed are zucchini blossoms.

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The flowers are very low in calories and are a good source of beta carotene, vitamin C and potassium. Unfortunately the are usually served battered and deep fried, which adds fats and calories.

A better way of preparing them would be to sauté in a small amount of oil or stuff them with a low-fat filling and then sauté or steam them lightly.

Availability

Since they are highly perishable, they are rarely stocked in supermarkets but can be found in farmer markets or home gardens.

Here is my favourite you-tube video on cooking with an asian twist. I usually reduce the amount of oil:

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I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

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