Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ABC Wednesday - Z - Zucchini

I'm not much of a gardener, but I can grow these!

Zucchinis! But then...who can't grow 'em?

I love the flowers, and they are great to eat, raw in salads or deep fried in tempura.
 
The flowers have a simple fresh taste and a delicate texture. They aren't flowery tasting, but more like extremely mild zucchini or corn.

Here is a great recipe for deep fried zucchini flowers (squash blossoms).

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup club soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups oil for deep frying 18 zucchini blossoms (I use canola, safflower or olive oil)
Heat the deep fryer to 375 degrees. Make a batter with the flour, salt and soda. Working in batches of 6, dip blossoms in batter to coat, brushing them against side of bowl to remove excess batter, pop them into the deep fryer for 1 to 2 minutes per batch until golden, Drain them on paper towel and sprinkle with salt. I like use a finishing salt, Fleur de Sel, Himalayan Pink Salt etc. Serve warm, and eat immediately. If you don't have a deep fryer, you can use a deep pot, you will have to turn the flowers to brown evenly.

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29 comments:

texwisgirl said...

i would not have thought about eating the flowers, much less tempura-ing them. :)

Sylvia K said...

That's a new one for me, too! Great photos and a tasty post for the Z Day! Have a beautiful day, Karen!

Sylvia

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flowers and nice preparation with them.

Carver said...

I love your shots of the zucchini in flower and I'll have to try the recipe.

Roger Owen Green said...

I had zucchini at a Middle Eastern restaurant just last night!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Joop Zand said...

Very nice pictures...
i like these colors.

Greetings, Joop

Debbie said...

i have heard of this before....so have my yard animals, they love them!!

pretty photo's....all of them, i especially love the "fried" ones ;)

Andaje said...

Looks yummy - have to try this out...

Meryl said...

Looks and sounds yummy!!! I wish I had a zuccini garden!

Clytie said...

I've only had zucchini flowers once ... they were good! This reminds me that I need to try it again!!!

VioletSky-Sightlines said...

I love zucchini and am always asking people with gardens if they grow any because I will gladly take the extras off their hands!

Reader Wil said...

How beautiful are those flowers! I like zucchinis. We call them courgettes, like the French.
Your photos are excellent.

Toyin O. said...

That looks so yummy, thanks for sharing.

Leanne said...

Great photos & yum!

minor said...

The flower is very beautiful. It looks like delicious to eat by tempura.

chubskulit said...

We just have some deep fried zucchini last weekend but we stuffed it with cheese.

Tumblewords: said...

I've never tried the deep fry trick (although it looks delicious) and I regret to inform you that I can't grow zucchini - but I must be the only person in captivity who can't. :) Good post - beautiful photos.

Halcyon said...

If you pick the flowers, do you not get the actual zucchini?
The flowers are lovely!

Indrani said...

Yes, a fav. of mine. :)

Leslie: said...

Gosh, I love zucchini in any way, cooked or raw, but I didn't know you can eat the flowers! Great idea to fry them.

Leslie
abcw team

Japy said...

Great photos and thanks for the recipe. i´m not sure I´ll try it but thanks anyway. Greetings.

Cildemer said...

Very nice shots! I've zucchini in my vegs garden but I've never tasted the flowers!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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Jane and Chris said...

I always wondered how to do that!
Jane x

EG Wow said...

Zucchini flowers, YUM!

Henrique Colonese said...

Belas fotos, lindas cores. A ultima foto parece ovos fritos...

Parabéns pelo post.

Abraço
http://campechefatosefotos.blogspot.com/

Francisca said...

Zowie! A zuperb Z post! Pretty flower, great idea to tempura them, and zucchinis are a favorite of mine! (I don't even TRY to grow anything! LOL)

Paula Scott said...

Luscious, scrumptious looking zucchini! I just and dinner, but now I am hungry again!

Obsessivemom said...

Wow the flower looks beautiful. I'd rather put it in a vase than chomp it away :-).. but then I haven't sampled it yet.

Dhemz said...

now, this is pretty interesting!