I was at the Farmer’s Market the other day and I noticed a box of zucchini flowers. How pretty! Just because I am grain free doesn’t mean I can’t have a delicacy like this! The woman at the farm stand told me to use bisquick and vegetable oil to cook them. Ha! Not me — than you very much. Mine will be much healthier and still light and delicate, I’ll show you how.
Zucchini blossoms have traditionally been eaten as a delicacy. Only the male flowers are used as they will not have any budding fruits inside. I remember that one year I tried to grow zucchini, I had mostly male blossoms — no zucchini. I was very disappointed. Had I known I could eat those male flowers I would certainly have enjoyed them.
There is nutrition in zucchini blossoms. Like zucchini squash, zucchini flowers are high in folate and potassium. I haven’t been able to find a nutritional analysis of just the flowers, but they most likely have a nutritional profile similar to that of the zucchini squash which is also high in manganese and vitamin A.