Squash Birth Control- Squash Blossom Latkes

Pizza with squash and blossoms attached and grille corn-Yum!!

Pizza with squash and blossoms attached and grilled corn-Yum!!

If you never have eaten a squash blossom, go down to the nearest farmers market and pick up a bag and try them out. They are a wonderful addition to summer menus. I grow squash, not only for the vegetable,  but for the flower. And when you pick the young squash at a certain point, you get both the veggie and the blossom, and that is the best of both worlds!

Picked fresh from the garden

Picked fresh from the garden

To eat them, I slice the squash in half and fry them up, put them on pizza, stuff the blossoms with goat cheese, and make latkes.  You could also cut them up into ribbons and drape on top of a pasta dish. There are countless ways to enjoy the yellow trumpets that emerge from the plants all summer. Also, consider this as birth control for squash! It reduces your yield tremendously when you really don’t need another 20 zucchini cluttering up your refrigerator.

The trick is to catch the squash when it is only a day or two old, has the blossom attached, and is still tender.

Young squash with flower still attached

Young squash with flower still attached

The blossom is pretty fragile so carefully snip it off, and I like to give it a quick rinse as insects like to lay their eggs on the blossom, namely squash bugs. Also ants like to hide inside. Place the blossom in the fridge wrapped in damp paper towels for no more than 24 hours to use in your favorite recipe.  Here are some suggestions for recipes : http://www.thekitchn.com/five-ways-to-eat-squash-blosso-87564

Squash blossom with sleepy bee inside- Knock him out!

Squash blossom with sleepy bee inside- Knock him out!

Pick the blossoms early in the morning since the heat of the day will wilt them. Shake out any bees that spent the night curled at the base and collect as many as you can.  I use both winter and summer squash blossoms. I have taken out flowers from my fridge that still have buzzing bees in them that awaken when taken out into warm air!

Open the flower, and snip off the stamen in the center as this can be tough.

Cut off the tough bitter tasting stamen in the center

Cut off the tough bitter tasting stamen in the center

At this point, you can stuff them with goat cheese or just batter and fry them. They are sublime as a pizza topping. My favorite treatment though is Squash Latkes/Fritters.

Squash blossom latke recipe

Squash blossom latke recipe

 

Chop them up- I like the squash chunky

Chop them up – I like the squash chunky

Make your batter

Mix your batter

Add Chopped squash to batter

Add chopped squash to batter

Mix together

Lightly fold veggies into batter

Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil

Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil

Fry 3 minutes on each side

Fry 3 minutes on each side

Ready to eat

Ready to eat

 

About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.
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2 Responses to Squash Birth Control- Squash Blossom Latkes

  1. zipcoffelt says:

    How interesting to know I can eat the blossom along with the squash. Especially since I now have an overabundance…Thanks for the recipe. We’ll be checking this out!

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