How to freeze zucchini flowers

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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). See also: Difference between male and female zucchini blossoms.

About Zucchini 

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.

Freezing Zucchini Flowers

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Make sure to buy very fresh blossoms early in the morning since they will start to wilt early. Also make sure they are dry. It is best to first take them out of the box, shake them off since insects may be inside or on the flowers. Lie them on a paper towel and remove any wilted or wet blossoms.

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Empty and dry out the plastic box the zucchini flowers come in. Put a layer of paper towel on the bottom and add one layer of zucchini blossom on top of the paper towel

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Put another layer of paper towel on top of the zucchini blossoms. The paper towels will help absorb any moisture released during freezing.


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Add another layer of zucchini blossoms on top then add another layer of paper towel. Continue until all the flowers have to been added. Top off with another last piece of paper towel.

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You are now ready to store for up to a week in the refrigerator or several months in the freezer.

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Months later the zucchini blossoms retain their color although their texture is difficult to be stuffed. They are fine however as a garnish or in sauces.


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 zucchini blossom that was frozen and then dehydrated. Of course it is best to dehyrate fresh zucchini blossoms and then vacuum pack them and store in the freezer -- see: How to dehydrate zucchini blossoms

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