The first of this month my second son turned 20 (can you believe that!?) and for his birthday dinner I made (among other things) fried squash blossoms.
What?!? You haven’t tried this yet?
What are you waiting for? Here’s the recipe. These are really so very, very tasty and a wonderful way to use the zillions of blossoms on your squash vines.
It won’t impact squash production
Since I want to harvest as many squash as I can, I use only male blossoms. Can’t tell the difference? This article will help. (Teaching my son how to tell the difference I say “See, here are the boy parts of the blossom.” He says “Stamens, mom! They’re called stamens!”) Not to worry–there are a lot more male blossoms than female, so even if you take half of the male blossoms, you’ll still get good fertilization. But once we start getting into early fall, even if the female blossoms do start to grow a squash fruit, they won’t mature before the killing frosts, so after mid-August I start using all the blossoms.
Squash and squash blossoms from one plant. It’s like getting a bonus vegetable from your garden. I hope you’ll try this lovely delicacy before summer is gone.