Fried Zucchini Squash Blossoms

Male Squash Blossoms, Just Picked

Male Squash Blossoms, Just Picked

Fried squash blossoms make a fun and healthy change from bread or potato chips.  Any squash blossom will do but they must be picked in the morning as they close up over the day.  I pick male blossoms, the ones with a slim stem and no little squash forming at the end.  If there’s a bee inside, let her finish collecting her nectar before you snip off the flower.  When you get them inside, snip off the end at the top of the calyx (the green part at the bottom of the flower) and slit the flower up the side so you can lay it out flat.  Wash it very carefully if necessary.

Carefully remove the calyx (green part at the bottom), slit them up the sides and lay them flat.

Carefully remove the calyx (green part at the bottom), slit them up the sides and lay them flat.

Place the flowers on a damp paper towel, roll it up gently and put the roll in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until just ready to use.  Make a simple flour and water batter, stirring in the water until the batter is the consistency of yogurt.  A tempura batter works well too.  I add a teaspoon of soy sauce but it’s not necessary, too many additional flavors mask the delicate flavor of the flowers.  Put about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil in a frying pan and heat until nearly smoking.  Dip each blossom into the batter, covering both sides, shake off excess (very gently) and fry, browning on both sides.

If the oil is very hot, they don't get greasy.

If the oil is very hot, they don’t get greasy.

Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.  If you get these right, they shatter when you bite them.

Here they are, along with some sliced zucchini bread, as an alternative.

Here they are, along with some sliced zucchini bread, as an alternative.

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