How do I cook Zucchini flowers?

If you are growing zucchini in your yard, you will first see the flowers that look like this:

And then you will start seeing the zucchini grow. When you do, you can say, “it’s a girl!”  The girls have the flowers at the end and the boys don’t.  You can absolutely pick the zucchini when they are young and tender and cook them with the flower attached to the end.  Or you can gather the flowers up and cook them separately-yes, they are edible!

To cook zucchini flowers, or blossoms, wash them thoroughly, then dry them and either dip them in batter or flour and fry them in hot olive oil. Sprinkle a little salt and lemon juice or Parmigiano cheese and you’ve got a delicacy to serve!

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