Zucchini Blossoms are a great addition to many dishes. They are only available though for a short time during the summer months. They can however be frozen and hold well for several months Note: Frozen blossoms once thawed can be used to garnish dishes, in sauce, a crispy fried. Zucchini Blossoms are available all summer long that the Union Square Market ( Windfall Farms Stand-- now called Rooted Family Farm). See also: Difference between male and female zucchini blossoms.
In the culinary world, zucchini is treated as a vegetable, however botanically, zucchini is a fruit, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower. Zucchini, as with all squash, has its ancestry in the Americas. However, the varieties of squash typically called "zucchini" were developed in Italy probably near Milan; early varieties usually included the names of nearby cities in their names.
About Zucchinin Blossoms (Flowers)
Fresh zucchini blossoms can be cooked and eaten. Many cooks remove the pistils from female flowers, and stamens from male flowers, although both of these are edible and have flavor. The male stamen contains the pollen. There are a lot more male squash blossoms than female and they begin blooming earlier.
Dehydrating zucchini blossoms is perhaps the best method to store the flavor, aroma and visual appearance of zucchini flowers. We have also used freezing but vacuum packing dehydrated zucchini flowers retain a greater amount of taste and aroma and provide for great garnish,
Above is a seared scallop dish with zucchini blossom sauce. A dehydrated zucchini blossom that was vaccumed packed and frozen for 10 months used as a garnish.
It is also possible to open up the zucchini flowers and dehyrate them in a similar method of dehydrating fresh zucchini blossoms.
Dehydrated Zucchini blossoms
Shown below is a dish-- polenta with mushrooms and pearl onions using a dehyrated zucchini blossom that had been vacuum packed for 10 months.